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[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
the act of congratulating.
congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another):
Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!
Origin of congratulation
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web 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

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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