con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) , -ˌgra-jə- \

Definition of congratulation

1 : a congratulatory expression usually used in plural Congratulations on your promotion.
2 : the act of congratulating

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Examples of congratulation in a Sentence

Let me offer you my congratulations for being elected. Please send her my congratulations. I sent her a letter of congratulations.
Recent Examples on the Web In the time since Russia invaded Ukraine, a round of self-congratulation has erupted in the West. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 But the emotional mash-up invites us to examine the very human behavior that the Oscars — full of self-righteous self-congratulation — have squandered. Armond White, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 In the early days of the Academy Awards, there was a palpable sense of reverence if not self-congratulation for the craft of moviemaking. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 People sent Cody letters of congratulation, money, and Bibles. Emma Marris, Outside Online, 19 Nov. 2018 Even modest excavation efforts merit some congratulation. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 11 Feb. 2022 What Return to Hogwarts is designed for is fitfully endearing self-congratulation. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2021 On these occasions, certainly the narcissist in me is chuffed, but something more cosmic also occurs that makes the self-congratulation ebb and a sort of ego death begin. Ryan Miller, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2021 The Lost Symbol’s plot primarily serves to remind you how clever and daring Robert Langdon is, which would be annoying if the amount of self-congratulation didn’t border on the absurd. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of congratulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for congratulation

see congratulate

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26 Apr 2022

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“Congratulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of congratulation

1 : the act of expressing pleasure at another person's success or good fortune
2 : an expression of pleasure at another person's success or good fortune usually used in pl.

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