felicity

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noun fe·lic·i·ty \ fi-ˈli-sə-tē \

Definition of felicity

plural felicities
1 a :the quality or state of being happy; especially :great happiness
  • marital felicity
b :an instance of happiness
2 :something that causes happiness
  • … the small felicities and absurdities of real life manage to peek through the gloom.
  • —A. O. Scott
3 :a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language
  • a felicity with words
  • The curve of her mouth gives her a Mona Lisa smile, but that's just a felicity of her anatomy.
  • —Diane Ackerman
4 :an apt expression
  • The poet was well known for his felicities.

Examples of felicity in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of felicity

Middle English felicite, from Anglo-French felicité, from Latin felicitat-, felicitas, from felic-, felix fruitful, happy — more at feminine


FELICITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of felicity for English Language Learners

  • : great happiness

  • : something that is pleasing and well chosen

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


FELICITY Defined for Kids

felicity

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noun fe·lic·i·ty \ fə-ˈli-sə-tē \

Definition of felicity for Students

:great happiness


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