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fe·lic·i·ty

 (fĭ-lĭs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. fe·lic·i·ties
1.
a. Great happiness; bliss.
b. An instance of great happiness.
2. A cause or source of happiness.
3.
a. An appropriate and pleasing manner or style: felicity of expression.
b. An instance of appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
4. Archaic Good fortune.

[Middle English felicite, from Old French felicite, from Latin fēlīcitās, from fēlīx, fēlīc-, fortunate; see dhē(i)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

felicity

(fɪˈlɪsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. happiness; joy
2. a cause of happiness
3. an appropriate expression or style
4. the quality or display of such expressions or style
5. (Philosophy) philosophy appropriateness (of a speech act). The performative I appoint you ambassador can only possess felicity if uttered by one in whom the authority for such appointments is vested
[C14: from Latin fēlīcitās happiness, from fēlix happy]

fe•lic•i•ty

(fɪˈlɪs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being happy.
2. an instance of this.
3. a source of happiness.
4. a skillful faculty: felicity of expression.
5. an instance or display of this.
[1350–1400; Middle English felicite (< Anglo-French) < Latin fēlīcitās=fēlīc-, s. of fēlīx happy + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.felicity - pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
appropriateness - the quality of being specially suitable
infelicity - inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
2.felicity - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joyfelicity - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
emotional state, spirit - the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection); "his emotional state depended on her opinion"; "he was in good spirits"; "his spirit rose"
beatification, beatitude, blessedness - a state of supreme happiness
radiance - an attractive combination of good health and happiness; "the radiance of her countenance"

felicity

felicity

noun
A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits:
Translations
نَعيم، سَعادَه، غِبْطَه
štěstí
lykke
hamingja
Felicitas
sveikinimai
laime

felicity

[fɪˈlɪsɪtɪ] N (frm) → felicidad f; (= aptness) [of words] → acierto m

felicity

n (form)
(= happiness)Glück nt, → Glückseligkeit f (geh)
(= aptness) he expresses himself with felicityer drückt sich sehr glücklich aus; the felicity of the expressiondie glückliche Wahl des Ausdrucks

felicity

[fɪˈlɪsɪtɪ] n (frm) → felicità

felicity

(fəˈlisəti) noun
happiness.
feˌliciˈtations noun plural
congratulations.
References in classic literature ?
Higginson enumerates, among the many felicities of his distinguished parishioner's earthly career, the happy seasonableness of his death.
For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heart-woes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind;but when a beginning is made when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, feltit must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.