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felicitate

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adjective fe·lic·i·tate \fi-ˈli-sə-ˌtāt\

Definition of felicitate

obsolete

  1. :  made happy

Origin and Etymology of felicitate

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


First Known Use: 1605


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felicitate

verb fe·lic·i·tate

Definition of felicitate

felicitated

felicitating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to make happy

  3. 2 a :  to consider happy or fortunate b :  to offer congratulations to

felicitation

play \-ˌli-sə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

felicitator

play \-ˈli-sə-ˌtā-tər\ noun

Examples of felicitate in a sentence

  1. <the other pianists rushed to felicitate the winner of the piano competition>

Did You Know?

Felix, a Latin adjective meaning "happy" or "fruitful," is the root of our English words "felicity" and "felicitate." The former is the older of the two; it dates back to the 14th century and refers to the state of being happy or to something that makes people happy. When writing King Lear, William Shakespeare was probably pleased when he thought of the word felicitate as an adjective meaning "made happy," but not everyone took a shine to it and it fell into disuse. However, people were happy to pick up "felicitate" as a verb meaning "to make happy." That meaning is now considered archaic but it was the seed for other meanings of the word. "Felicitate" eventually grew to mean "to consider happy or fortunate" and "to congratulate."

1628

First Known Use of felicitate

1628



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