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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 of felicity
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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  • This is the tragic note in the happy story, the one drop of gall in the Stedmans' cup of felicity.

  • It seemed to them as if their felicity in seeing each other could never be exhausted.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Till the next morning, however, she was not aware of all the felicity of her contrivance.

    Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  • Would to Heaven I may thus atone for the past, and secure your future felicity!

  • felicity glanced up from her conversation with Leigh to meet an unmistakable desire for her judgment in the lawyer's eyes.

    The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
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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