felicity

[fi-lis-i-tee]
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; Middle English felicite (< Anglo-French) < Latin fēlīcitās, equivalent to fēlīci- (stem of fēlīx) happy + -tās -ty2

nonfelicity, noun


1. See happiness.
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Felicity

[fi-lis-i-tee]
noun
a female given name, form of Felicia.
Also, Felicita [fi-lis-i-tuh] .
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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 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]

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felicity
late 14c., from O.Fr. felicite, from L. felicitatem (nom. felicitas) "happiness," from felix (gen. felicis) "happy, fortunate," from L. base *fe-, equivalent of PIE *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle, produce, yield" (see fecund).
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