felicitate

1 of 2

adjective

fe·​lic·​i·​tate fi-ˈli-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce felicitate (audio)
obsolete
: made happy

felicitate

2 of 2

verb

felicitated; felicitating

transitive verb

1
archaic : to make happy
2
a
: to consider happy or fortunate
b
: to offer congratulations to
felicitation noun
felicitator noun

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Felix, a Latin adjective meaning "happy" or "fruitful," is the root of the English words felicity and felicitate. The former, which is by far the more common of the pair, refers to the state of being happy or to something that makes people happy; like felix itself, it's also used as a name. Felicitate has always played second fiddle to its cousin, but enjoyed more use in centuries past than it does today. At one time it functioned as an adjective meaning "made happy" (William Shakespeare used it this way in King Lear), but the adjective fell out of favor and is no longer in use. Felicitate today is most commonly used as a verb especially in the English of South Asia where its "to offer congratulations" meaning is often extended beyond simple congratulations to the honoring of someone with an award or prize.

Examples of felicitate in a Sentence

Verb the other pianists rushed to felicitate the winner of the piano competition

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Late Latin felicitatus, past participle of felicitare to make happy, from Latin felicitas

First Known Use

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of felicitate was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Felicitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felicitate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

felicitate

verb
fe·​lic·​i·​tate
fi-ˈlis-ə-ˌtāt
felicitated; felicitating
felicitation
-ˌlis-ə-ˈtā-shən
noun

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