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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n felicitation the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
    • n felicitation (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another "I sent them my sincere congratulations on their marriage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Felicitation The act of felicitating; a wishing of joy or happiness; congratulation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n felicitation The act of felicitating; expression of joy for another's happiness or good fortune; congratulation.
    • n felicitation Synonyms Congratulation, Felicitation. See congratulation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Felicitation the act of congratulating
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. félicitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. felicitat-em, from felix, -icis, happy.


In literature:

Genlis, Madame Stephanie-Felicite de, 132, 134.
"Forgotten Books of the American Nursery" by Rosalie V. Halsey
Then General Dick played Santa Claus, handing out the parcels with felicitous little speeches.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Bliss it: A rather violent use of the word, not recognized by the dictionaries, but nevertheless felicitous.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
The married woman felicitates herself greatly, unless a tall daughter of nine or ten walks abroad at her side.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Note the felicitous use of language.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
It must be admitted that the writer has chosen his patron very felicitously.
"Discovery of Witches" by Thomas Potts
The idea was felicitous; but much learning and judgment were requisite to work it out practically.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
Will you be so kind as to express my felicitations to the Japanese forces engaged?
"The Illustrated War News, Number 15, Nov. 18, 1914" by Various
Spanish cheers and Spanish felicitations filled the air for an hour.
"Captured by the Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
Janet found Aunt Felicite a most quaint and charming old lady, as cheerful and full of vivacity as many a girl of seventeen.
"The Argosy" by Various
A separate house was assigned as the residence of the young couple, and their married life began felicitously.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
Letitia thought the idea felicitous.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various
I beg you will felicitate him from me: I have a tacit regard of the true sort for him, as I think I must have for all of the Tennyson build.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
I think I must write to T. C. to felicitate him on this truly 'Green Old Age.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Felicite grinned as she advanced with the tape.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Give it fifteen more minutes to get started, and another fifteen to get away after the marriage toasts and the felicitations.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
Mr. Lincoln supports the necessity and dignity of labor with unanswerable argument and felicitous illustrations.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
The author was called to receive the felicitations of a gratified house.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, January 12, 1916" by Various
The selection could not have been more felicitous.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
The Callirrhoe inspired an elaborate but not very felicitous criticism.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley

In poetry:

Procne, Philomela, and Itylus,
Your names are liquid, your improbable tale
Is recited in the classic numbers of the nightingale.
Ah, but our numbers are not felicitous,
It goes not liquidly for us!
"An American Addresses Philomela" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

The other swimmers where encouraged by their coach to felicitate the winner of the race.
Is there anything more felicitous than sinking your teeth into a moist beef rib, caramelized to perfection and bursting with smoky, peppery notes.
Magma Felicite Thosz Felicie Thosz Seventh.
Seldom have the man and the moment come together more felicitously than in the life of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971).
Though I attribute no meaning to the triplication, there is something felicitous about the line-up of the numbers on this date.
Early in the morning, Mr Freeman (the cook) made his appearance in the cabin, wishing us all around, 'Merry Christmas' and that all 'subsequious' occasions might be 'felicitating.
Honey and sherry is as equally felicitous a combination as honey and mustard, one found often in Spanish cooking.

In science:

Felicitously, we find ourselves maximizing a function gc which, if we replace c with r, is exactly the same function gr we defined in (14) for NAE k-SAT.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
Apart from commutativity of the It is observed in [21, §5] that fusion semiring, this example felicitously lacks another property. the examples of simple compact quantum groups mentioned in the introduction have what in that paper is called property F.
Free unitary groups are (almost) simple
For example, if a particular document category has more than five documents, listing the names of each individual document is not felicitous.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
This felicitous situation is the result of an enormous effort extending over four decades, and represents a great collective triumph, for the nuclear physics community.
Solar models and solar neutrino oscillations
This approach succeeds in producing attractive methods on those rare occasions when a felicitous combination of all the mathematical ingredients leads to a simple and analytically tractable solution.
Conciliation of Bayes and Pointwise Quantum State Estimation: Asymptotic information bounds in quantum statistics
In order to verify the accuracies of B/Q results from our calculations, it would be felicitous to test the accuracies of the wave functions in the nuclear region.
Revisiting Nuclear Quadrupole Moments in $^{39-41}$K Isotopes