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felicity

noun

  1. (appropriateness)  pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
    Synonyms: felicitousness. Type of: appropriateness. Describes: felicitous, infelicitous
  2. (emotional state)  state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
    Synonyms: happiness. Type of: emotional state. Describes: happy, unhappy

Etymology summary

Old French felicite (14th century) "happiness", from Latin felicitatem...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural] | happiness [synonym, sense-specific] | joy [synonym, sense-specific]

happiness; joy | a cause of happiness | an appropriate expression or style | the quality or display of such expressions or style | [philosophy] ... (21 of 490 words, 5 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/felicity

Wikipedia:

Felicity [disambiguation]

may refer to: Felicity (TV series), a U.S. television series | Felicity (1979 film) | Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, a 2005 TV movie | Felicity (given name) | Saint Felicity of Rome, 2nd century Christian martyr | Felicity (martyr), early ... (36 of 291 words, 24 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Felicity

Merriam-Webster:

felicity | felicities [plural] | beatitude [synonym, sense-specific] | blessedness [synonym, sense-specific] | bliss [synonym, sense-specific] | blissfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | happiness [synonym, sense-specific] | gladness [synonym, sense-specific] | joy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being happy ; especially, great happiness ; an instance of happiness | something that causes happiness | a pleasing manner or ... (24 of 211 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/felicity

Oxford Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

intense happiness | the ability to find appropriate expression for one's thoughts | a particularly effective feature of a work of literature or art (22 of 77 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/felicity

Cambridge Dictionary:

felicity [entry 1, literary]

happiness, luck, or a condition which produces positive results (9 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/felicity 1

felicity [entry 2, literary]

when words or remarks are suitable and express what was intended | a word or remark which is suitable or right and expresses well the intended thought ... (26 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/felicity 2

Random House Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural] | Felicity | Felicity: Felicita [sense-specific]

the state of being happy, especially in a high degree; bliss. | an instance of this. | a source of happiness. | a skillful faculty. | an instance or ... (25 of 68 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/felicity

American Heritage Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

Great happiness; bliss. | An instance of great happiness. | A cause or source of happiness. | An appropriate and pleasing manner or style | An ... (22 of 62 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/felicity

New World Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

happiness; bliss | anything producing happiness; good fortune | a quality or knack of appropriate and pleasing expression in writing, speaking, ... (19 of 56 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/felicity

Wiktionary:

felicity | felicities [plural] | infelicity [antonym, sense-specific] | Happiness [synonym, sense-specific]

Happiness. | Apt and pleasing style in writing, speech, etc. | Something that is either a source of happiness or particularly apt. | [Semiotics/semiology] Reproduction of a sign with fidelity. eg. "The quotation was rendered with felicity." (34 of 56 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/felicity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

felicity [uncountable, formal]

great happiness | the quality of being exactly right or suitable (10 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/felicity

Encarta Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

happiness or contentment | something that creates happiness | an appropriate or pleasing manner | something appropriate or pleasing (16 of 46 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610897​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

felicity

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French felicite (14th century) "happiness", from Latin felicitatem (nominative felicitas) "happiness, fertility", from ... (17 of 37 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=felicity

New World Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

Origin: Middle English felicite from Old French felicit√© from Latin felicitas, happiness from felix (generally felicis), ... (15 of 20 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/felicity

American Heritage Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

Origin: Middle English felicite, from Old French felicite, from Latin fēlīcitās, from fēlīx, fēlīc-, fortunate; see dhēi- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/felicity

Merriam-Webster:

felicity | felicities [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English felicite, from Anglo-French felicité, from Latin felicitat-, felicitas, from felic-, felix fruitful, happy

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/felicity

Oxford Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French felicite, from Latin felicitas, from felix, felic- "happy"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/felicity

Collins Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin fēlīcitās happiness, from fēlix happy

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/felicity

Wiktionary:

felicity

Origin: Latin felicitās ("luck"), from Latin felix ("lucky").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/felicity

Encarta Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin felicitas from felix "fruitful, happy"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610897​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "felicity"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

felicity [entry 2, literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "felicity"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "felicity"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/felicity 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

felicity [uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "felicity"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

felicity [uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "felicity"

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the Free Dictionary:

felicity

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "felicity"

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Google Dictionary:

felicity | felicities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "felicity"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

felicity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "felicity"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=felici​06 word=felicity

YourDictionary Audio:

felicity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "felicity" by speech synthesizer

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