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felicity

great happiness; bliss; a skillful faculty: Her felicity of expression is delightful.
Not to be confused with:
facility – something that serves a specific function: a parking facility; an easy-flowing manner: facility of style; skill, aptitude, or dexterity: He has a great facility with words.

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 ?
"What is it?" asked Felicity, drawing her chair slightly away from Peter's.
"Some people are so afraid of a little bother," retorted Felicity.
"It doesn't matter very much what YOU think," said Felicity.
"I don't see how she can be," said Felicity skeptically.
"Of course it is," Felicity answered for everybody.
"That sounds fine," said Peter, hitching his chair a little nearer Felicity's.
"Oh!" Cecily threw a deprecating glance at the Story Girl and Felicity. Then, meeting the contempt in the latter's gaze, she raised her head with unusual spirit.
"Well, we ought to have an etiquette department, then," said Felicity. "The Family Guide has one."
"Dan!" exclaimed Felicity, who had fondly expected to be asked to edit it herself.
"We want you to edit the household department, Felicity," I said, seeing a cloud lowering on that fair lady's brow.
Peter, in his secret soul, was dismayed, but he would not blanch before Felicity.
"I don't see how you ever had the face," said Felicity; and even Cecily looked as if she thought the Story Girl had gone rather far.