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felicity

[fi-lis-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural felicities.
1.
the state of being happy, especially in a high degree; bliss:
marital felicity.
2.
an instance of this.
3.
a source of happiness.
4.
a skillful faculty:
felicity of expression.
5.
an instance or display of this:
the many felicities of the poem.
6.
Archaic. good fortune.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English felicite (< Anglo-French) < Latin fēlīcitās, equivalent to fēlīci- (stem of fēlīx) happy + -tās -ty2
Related forms
nonfelicity, noun
Synonyms
1. See happiness.

Felicity

[fi-lis-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Felicia.
Also, Felicita
[fi-lis-i-tuh] /fɪˈlɪs ɪ tə/ (Show IPA)
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  • They are unable, however, to enjoy the felicity that attaches to renunciation.
British Dictionary definitions for felicity

felicity

/fɪˈlɪsɪtɪ/
noun (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) 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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fēlīcitās happiness, from fēlix happy
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Word Origin and History for felicity
n.

late 14c., from Old French felicite (14c.) "happiness," from Latin felicitatem (nominative felicitas) "happiness, fertility," from felix (genitive felicis) "happy, fortunate, fruitful, fertile," from Latin root *fe-, equivalent of PIE *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle, produce, yield" (see fecund).

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