noun \fi-ˈli-sə-tē\

: great happiness

: something that is pleasing and well chosen

: a talent for speaking or writing in a very effective way

plural fe·lic·i·ties

Full Definition of FELICITY

a :  the quality or state of being happy; especially :  great happiness <marital felicity>
b :  an instance of happiness
:  something that causes happiness
:  a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language <a felicity with words>
:  an apt expression

Examples of FELICITY

  1. I've always admired his felicity with words.
  2. <told his friends that marriage had brought him a felicity that he had never known before>

Origin of FELICITY

Middle English felicite, from Anglo-French felicité, from Latin felicitat-, felicitas, from felic-, felix fruitful, happy — more at feminine
First Known Use: 14th century


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