felicitation


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fe·lic·i·ta·tion

 (fĭ-lĭs′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another.
2. often felicitations An expression of such joy or acknowledgment.

felicitation

(fɪˌlɪsɪˈteɪʃən)
n
a rare word for congratulation

fe•lic•i•ta•tion

(fɪˌlɪs ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
an expression of good wishes; congratulation.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.felicitation - (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another; "I sent them my sincere congratulations on their marriage"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
verbal expression, verbalism, expression - the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; "expressions of good will"; "he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas"; "the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours"
2.felicitation - the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebrationfelicitation - the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
Translations

felicitation

n usu pl (form)Glückwunsch m; my felicitationsherzliche Glückwünsche, ich gratuliere
References in classic literature ?
While this scene was going on at the tavern, Sam and Andy, in a state of high felicitation, pursued their way home.
Harris at four o'clock;--when his assurances, his felicitations on a recovery in her sister even surpassing his expectation, gave her confidence, comfort, and tears of joy.
Now, as D'Artagnan had been the hero of these two fights, it was upon him that all the felicitations fell, which Athos, Porthos, and Aramis abandoned to him, not only as good comrades, but as men who had so often had their turn that could very well afford him his.
Fernand closed his eyes, a burning sensation passed across his brow, and he was compelled to support himself by the table to prevent his falling from his chair; but in spite of all his efforts, he could not refrain from uttering a deep groan, which, however, was lost amid the noisy felicitations of the company.
Collins received and returned these felicitations with equal pleasure, and then proceeded to relate the particulars of their interview, with the result of which he trusted he had every reason to be satisfied, since the refusal which his cousin had steadfastly given him would naturally flow from her bashful modesty and the genuine delicacy of her character.
Everybody laughed as he did, and the two philosophers were saluted with unanimous felicitations.
As to the Canadian voyageurs, their mutual felicitations, as usual, were loud and vociferous, and it was almost ludicrous to behold these ancient "comrades" and "confreres," hugging and kissing each other on the river bank.
The group about Miss Welland made way for him with significant smiles, and after taking his share of the felicitations he drew his betrothed into the middle of the ball-room floor and put his arm about her waist.
George, in his domestic character of Bluffy, to take leave of Quebec and Malta and insinuate a sponsorial shilling into the pocket of his godson with felicitations on his success in life, it is dark when Mr.
At once, upon word of all this, a thousand encouragements were offered, and felicitations came pouring in from all quarters.
Claude Frollo's felicitations to Jacques Coictier bore reference principally to the temporal advantages which the worthy physician had found means to extract, in the course of his much envied career, from each malady of the king, an operation of alchemy much better and more certain than the pursuit of the philosopher's stone.
Metivier, who came in the morning with his felicitations, considered it proper in his quality of doctor de forcer la consigne,* as he told Princess Mary, and went in to see the prince.