felicity

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English felicite (bliss, happiness, joy; delight, pleasure; a source of happiness; good fortune; prosperity; well-being; of a planet: in an influential position) [and other forms],[1] borrowed from Old French felicité (modern French félicité (bliss, happiness; felicity)), from Latin fēlīcitātem, the accusative singular of fēlīcitās (fertility, fruitfulness; happiness, felicity; good fortune; success), from fēlix (happy; blessed, fortunate, lucky; fertile, fruitful; prosperous; auspicious, favourable) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁(y)- (to nurse, suckle))[2] + -itās (a variant of -tās (suffix forming nouns indicating a state of being)).

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felicity (countable and uncountable, plural felicities)

  1. (uncountable) Happiness; (countable) an instance of this.
    Antonym: infelicity
  2. (uncountable) An apt and pleasing style in speech, writing, etc.; (countable) an apt and pleasing choice of words.
  3. (uncountable, rare) Good luck; success; (countable) An instance of unexpected good luck; a stroke of luck; also, a lucky characteristic.
  4. (uncountable, semiotics) Reproduction of a sign with fidelity.
    The quotation was rendered with felicity.
  5. (countable) Something that is either a source of happiness or particularly apt.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ felicitẹ̄, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ felicity, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1895; “felicity, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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