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[kuh n-grach-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˈgrætʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
expressing or conveying congratulations:
a congratulatory telegram.
Origin of congratulatory
1515-25; < Medieval Latin congrātulātōrius, equivalent to Latin congrātulā() (see congratulate) + -tōrious -tory1
Related forms
noncongratulatory, adjective
quasi-congratulatory, adjective
uncongratulatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for congratulatory
  • Some were congratulatory and supportive, even grateful.
  • Perhaps you ought to be thankful that you weren't born as a dog, rather than reveling in this self-congratulatory drivel.
  • The article is self-congratulatory, feel-good, political oratory.
  • The situation there is still too uncertain to be overly self-congratulatory.
  • With normality now banished, the three collapse on a sofa in self-congratulatory hilarity.
  • Please forgive us, then, for this short bout of self-congratulatory excitement.
  • Maybe it's the self-congratulatory air of consensus among people who consider themselves and one another right-thinking.
  • The way he told the story, it wasn't boastful or self-congratulatory.
  • It is a ceremonial gift at weddings and on congratulatory occasions.
  • Yet alongside these congratulatory tones, there is also a current of worry.
Word Origin and History for congratulatory

1520s; see congratulate + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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