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Borrowed from Old French felicite, from Latin felicitās (luck), from felix (lucky).


felicity (uncountable)

  1. Happiness.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter I, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, Military Library, Whitehall, OCLC 39810224, page 2:
      [] Mr. and Mrs. Norris began their career of conjugal felicity with very little less than a thousand a year.
    • 1862, George Long, translation of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book V:
      For two reasons then it is right to be content with that which happens to thee; the one, because it was done for thee and prescribed for thee, and in a manner had reference to thee, originally from the most ancient causes spun with thy destiny; and the other, because even that which comes severally to every man is to the power which administers the universe a cause of felicity and perfection, nay even of its very continuance.
  2. Apt and pleasing style in writing, speech, etc.
  3. Something that is either a source of happiness or particularly apt.
  4. (semiotics, semiology) Reproduction of a sign with fidelity.
    The quotation was rendered with felicity.
    • 2007 August 7, Joshua Ferris, “Table for two”, in New York Times[1]:
      The season’s main attraction, the felicities of the sun, dimmed in the light of our competition and our growing friendliness.


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