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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 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 ?
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is.
Smoking was never so good before, solid comfort was never solider; we lay back against the thick cushions silent, meditative, steeped in felicity.
He got it out, rumpled and wilted, and it mightily increased his dismal felicity.
The simplicity and cheerfulness of her nature, her contented and grateful spirit, were a recommendation to every body, and a mine of felicity to herself.
I shall not lose you so soon, and Edward will have greater opportunity of improving that natural taste for your favourite pursuit which must be so indispensably necessary to your future felicity.
He only seemed to contrast his present cheerfulness and felicity with the dire endurance that was over.
Dick continued his copying in a state of absolute felicity.
And what greater felicity than to be alone in a tavern with your last new song, just born and yet still a tingling part of you.
He was then past his prime, being twenty-eight years and three quarters old, of which he had reigned about seven in great felicity, and generally victorious.
They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one's face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.
Here we imagined we might repose securely, a felicity we had long been strangers to.
If thou followest these precepts and rules, Sancho, thy days will be long, thy fame eternal, thy reward abundant, thy felicity unutterable; thou wilt marry thy children as thou wouldst; they and thy grandchildren will bear titles; thou wilt live in peace and concord with all men; and, when life draws to a close, death will come to thee in calm and ripe old age, and the light and loving hands of thy great-grandchildren will close thine eyes.