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felicity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n felicity pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
    • n felicity state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Felicity A pleasing faculty or accomplishment; as, felicity in painting portraits, or in writing or talking. "Felicity of expression."
    • Felicity That which promotes happiness; a successful or gratifying event; prosperity; blessing. "the felicities of her wonderful reign."
    • Felicity The state of being happy; blessedness; blissfulness; enjoyment of good. "Our own felicity we make or find.""Finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n felicity Happiness; bliss; blessedness; a blissful or happy state.
    • n felicity That which produces or promotes happiness; a felicitous circumstance or state of things; a source of happiness: most commonly in the plural.
    • n felicity A skilful or happy faculty or turn; felicitous adroitness or propriety; a happy knack or choice; appropriateness: as, a rare felicity of phrase.
    • n felicity An appropriate or happy turn of thought or expression.
    • n felicity In astrology, a favorable aspect.
    • n felicity Synonyms Blessedness, Bliss, etc. (see happiness); joy, comfort, blissfulness, success, good fortune.
    • n felicity Aptness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Felicity fe-lis′i-ti happiness: delight: a blessing: a happy event
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Quotations

  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.”
  • George Meredith
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    “Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
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    “A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.”
  • Christopher Marlowe
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    “That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. felicite, F. félicité, fr. L. felicitas, fr. felix, -icis, happy, fruitful; akin to fetus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. felicitat-em, from felix, -icis, happy.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Prohack was aware of an immense, romantic felicity.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
He was an able man, capable in his language of a certain bitter felicity of phrase.
"Robert Browning" by G. K. Chesterton
These are marked by clearness of statement, force of argument, and felicity of illustration.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
There is no happiness within this circle of flesh, nor is it in the optics of these eyes to behold felicity.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
One may see even a kind of felicity in his death, falling exactly on the completion of his seventy-seventh year.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
The affections are abused; the idea and sacredness of marriage are left out of view; the conditions of domestic felicity are not met.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
With how many bitternesses is the sweetness of human felicity blent!
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
In effect, an eternal life is unthinkable and an eternal life of absolute felicity, of beatific vision, is more unthinkable still.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Idleness would have constituted no part of his felicity, had he remained upright.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
Yes, gentlemen, there is one personal, one vast felicity, which no man can share with him.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
O thou of sweet smiles, knowing all this, I am certain that as I am sonless, I shall not obtain regions of true felicity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
This is the path of heaven and felicity.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
His subject was chosen with much felicity; it was a representation of the forges of Vulcan under Mount AEtna.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
But princes can make poets, and scatter felicity with little exertion on their own parts.
"Observations and Reflections Made in the Course of a Journey through France, Italy, and Germany, Vol. I" by Hester Lynch Piozzi
PERETTI, Felice (nephew of Sixtus V.), husband of Vittoria Accoramboni, i.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
It's my uncle and Felicity they like to talk to.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
Thus he made men happy by anticipation, and gave them here on earth a foretaste of future felicity.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
My thoughts raced ahead of ships and pursuing men, into a dream of cloudless felicity without end.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
In the bosom of Providence I find my repose, and my felicity.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It is Felice, old Felice, riderless, splashed with mud, wild-eyed, sore with fatigue!
"The Holy Cross and Other Tales" by Eugene Field
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In poetry:

"I go before you to prepare
A mansion of felicity;
And where my faithful servants are,
There shall their Lord and Master be.
"Iejus wept" by John Bowring
Every time seems short to be
That's measured by felicity;
But one half-hour that's made up here
With grief, seems longer than a year.
"Felicity Quick Of Flight" by Robert Herrick
No wonder he laughs so loud!
No wonder he looks so proud!
There are great kings would give their royalty
To have one day of his felicity!
"The Kingfisher" by Maurice Thompson
So precious life is! Even to the old
The hours are as a miser's coins, and she--
Within her hands lay youth's unminted gold
And all felicity.
"Broken Music" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
For, what is Honour? What is Sov'raignty,
Whereto mens hearts so restlesly aspire?
Whom have they Crowned with Felicity?
When did they ever satisfie desire?
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
Watched, till he heard within the trembling sound
Of white, girl fingers on the rusting key
That turned her heart as well, till each unbound
Let in felicity.
"Lovelace Grown Old" by Theodosia Garrison

In news:

Entertainment Weekly quite rightly pointed out that the show is basically Felicity with doctors.
Biographical Drama Directed by: Ken Russell Starring: David Warner, David Hemmings, Felicity Kendall, William Hootkins, Kika Markham.
When news broke Sunday that Desperate Housewives ' eighth upcoming season would be its last, star Felicity Huffman got teary-eyed.
Felicity and Eva Longoria get grabby.
Adventurer Felicity Aston on her 59 days amid ferocious wind storms, treacherous glaciers, and breathtaking white solitude.
Photos by Felicity Aston/Kaspersky ONE Transantarctic Expedition.
The Felice Brothers rocked the Firefly Music Festival in Dover during the summer.
Felicity Jones and Elizabeth McGovern lead the way in the wedding comedy.
0 Felicity Jones and Luke Treadway in "A Cheerful Weather For the Wedding".
Felicity Huffman, Ed Begley Jr and Rod McLachlan star in David Mamet's broad political comedy November, which will officially opened Oct 7 at the Mark Taper Forum.
On the day of Dolly's (Felicity Jones) wedding, a former flame returns to stir up doubts about her decision.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Felice scored on a diving shot with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to lift SUNY- Cortland over three-time defending champ Salisbury 13-12 for the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse championship on Sunday.
Felicity Jones Scores Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Gig.
Her latest film Like Crazy won big at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and now rising actress Felicity Jones is making a name for herself in the beauty world.
Thursday September 27, 2012 By:Felice E Krycia-associate editor.
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In science:

Felice F and Usseglio-Tomasset S 1991 Class.
On the gravitomagnetic effects in cylindrically symmetric spacetimes
The motion occurs in the potential lobe around the local minimum in the equatorial plane; there are no halo orbits above the horizon in this case (Kov´aˇr et al. 2010; de Felice 1979).
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
De Felice A., Koyama K., Raccanelli A., Tsujikawa S., Zhao G.B., in preparation Desjacques V. and Seljak U., 2010, Class.
Cosmological Measurements with Forthcoming Radio Continuum Surveys
The motion occurs in the potent ial lobe around the local minimum in the equatorial plane; there are no halo orbits above the horizon in this case (Kov ´aˇr et al., 2010; de Felice, 1979).
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
Such damping is important in most of the neutral medium where β < 1 is otherwise favorable for TTD (Kulsrud & Pearce 1969, Felice & Kulsrud 2001).
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
Carroll, S. M., De Felice, A., Duvvuri, V., Easson, D. A., Trodden, M., Turner M. S., “The Cosmology of Generalized Modified Gravity Models,” astro-ph/0410031.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
Vecchiato, A., Lattanzi, M. G., Bucciarelli, B., Costa., M., de Felice, F., Gai, M., “Testing general relativity by micro-arcsecond global astrometry.” Astron. & Astrophysics 399, 337 (2003).
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
However, de Felice and Yu have shown that an extremal charged black hole can be sent over the extremal limit by accretion of a neutral spinning test body .
Destroying black holes with test bodies
On the contrary, for spinning particles dropped radially with radial spin into an extremal charged black hole, de Felice and Yu found that the test body must be bound very close to the horizon.
Destroying black holes with test bodies
De Felice, F., Maeda, K.: Topology of collapce in conformal diagrams, Prog.
Some peculiarities of motion of neutral and charged test particles in the field of a spherically symmetric charged object in General Relativity
Following this analogy, Felice, and later Evans, Nandi and Islam show that in many metrics of physical interest, the gravitational field can be represented as an optical medium with an effective index of refraction which varies in space.
Does the speed of light depend upon the vacuum ?
The resulting evolution of ratio a/m has been studied for the case of a/m < 1 by Bardeen 67) and Thorne 68) and for the case of a/m > 1 by de Felice 69) .
Nature of singularities in gravitational collapse
The case when initial a/m of the central compact ob ject is greater than 1 was considered by de Felice 69) who showed that in this case a/m decreases.
Nature of singularities in gravitational collapse
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