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felicity

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noun fe·lic·i·ty \fi-ˈli-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of felicity

  • : great happiness

  • : something that is pleasing and well chosen

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

Full Definition of felicity

plural fe·lic·i·ties

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being happy; especially :  great happiness <marital felicity> b :  an instance of happiness

  2. 2 :  something that causes happiness

  3. 3 :  a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language <a felicity with words>

  4. 4 :  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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