gratulatory


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grat·u·late

 (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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
Heisinger, in contrast, demonstrates that Swinburne's initial selection of Northumbrian materials for a projected edition of ballads and his invention of ballads for his novel Lesbia Brandon deliberately juxtaposed modern lyric pleasures and archaic or "primitive" rhythms and language that shattered surface smoothness and aimed to create unease and extreme historical self-consciousness rather than gratulatory Englishness in readers.
The editors have thus fittingly placed their works in close dialogue with each other in their volume: Manfredi's laudatory verse opens the paratextual material in Appendix A, while Torelli's own gratulatory poem for Manfredi's tragedy Semiramtplayis is reproduced in Appendix B.