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congratulation

[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
noun
1.
the act of congratulating.
2.
congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
interjection
3.
congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another):
Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin congrātulātiōn- (stem of congrātulātiō), equivalent to congrātulāt(us) (see congratulate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
congratulational, adjective
precongratulation, noun
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Examples for congratulation
  • Many letters of congratulation await her at her cottage from people whom she has befriended at one time or another.
  • The colonel apparently thought one congratulation was not enough.
  • The legislature has introduced three resolutions of congratulation.
  • Another banquet and much self-congratulation by orchestra leaders.
  • The novel appears to be an act of both penance and self-congratulation.
  • In the swell of national self-congratulation over the fact that such a book could be published, it became a big best-seller.
  • congratulation for everyone who have done the observation and the math.
  • Because it is a lasting, important book the national self-congratulation that fills its pages is especially deplorable.
  • They were small, shining cogs in the movie industry's machinery of distribution and self-congratulation.
  • There's a new piety in the air: the self-congratulation of book lovers.
Word Origin and History for congratulation
n.

mid-15c., from Latin congratulationem (nominative congratulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of congratulari "wish joy," from com- "together, with" (see com-) + gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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