Word of the DaySaturday, January 15, 2011
\fi-LIS-i-teyt\ , verb;
To compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
Archaic: To make happy.
I make an execrable attempt to felicitate him on his good fortune, when he of a sudden, goes off in a roar that makes the bench tremble.
-- Charles Dickens, Household words, Volume 17
Nobles and officers had come to felicitate him; he had shaken a number of hands and spent all the smiles he had left.
-- Louis de Wohl, The Last Crusader
Felicitate stems from the Latin felicitare, "to make happy."
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