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 (grăch′ə-lāt′) Archaic
tr.v. grat·u·lat·ed, grat·u·lat·ing, grat·u·lates
To congratulate.

[Latin grātulārī, grātulāt-, from grātārī, to rejoice with, from grātus, pleasing; see grateful.]

grat′u·la′tion n.
grat′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.gratulatory - expressive of sympathetic pleasure or joy on account of someone's success or good fortune; "a congratulatory telegram"; "the usual congratulatory crowd was conspicuously absent"; "a gratulatory address"
felicitous - exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style; "a felicitous speaker"
References in classic literature ?
Having dispatched but three electric missives, he received no less than eight gratulatory bulletins in return.
Dedication, preface, and gratulatory poetry are also transcribed and, in the case of the neo-Latin poetry, translated into German.
Even though his Festschrift is devoted only to articles dealing with antiquity, the selection of contributors reflects the breadth of Ben Foster's research very well, and their individual gratulatory offerings show their esteem for him as a scholar and human being.