Definition of Felicity

1. Noun. Pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression).

Exact synonyms: Felicitousness
Generic synonyms: Appropriateness
Attributes: Felicitous, Infelicitous
Derivative terms: Felicitous, Felicitous, Felicitate, Felicitous
Antonyms: Infelicity

2. Noun. State of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
Exact synonyms: Happiness
Generic synonyms: Emotional State, Spirit
Specialized synonyms: Beatification, Beatitude, Blessedness, Radiance
Attributes: Happy, Unhappy
Derivative terms: Felicitous, Happy, Happy
Antonyms: Unhappiness

Definition of Felicity

1. n. The state of being happy; blessedness; blissfulness; enjoyment of good.

Definition of Felicity

1. Proper noun. (English female given name). ¹

2. Noun. Happiness. ¹

3. Noun. Apt and pleasing style in writing, speech, etc. ¹

4. Noun. Something that is either a source of happiness or particularly apt. ¹

5. Noun. (Semiotics/semiology) Reproduction of a sign with fidelity. eg. "The quotation was rendered with felicity." ¹

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Definition of Felicity

1. happiness [n -TIES] - See also: happiness

Medical Definition of Felicity

1. Origin: OE. Felicite, F. Felicite, fr. L. Felicitas, fr. Felix, -icis, happy, fruitful; akin to foetus. 1. The state of being happy; blessedness; blissfulness; enjoyment of good. "Our own felicity we make or find." (Johnson) "Finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity." (Book of Common Prayer) 2. That which promotes happiness; a successful or gratifying event; prosperity; blessing. "the felicities of her wonderful reign." (Atterbury) 3. A pleasing faculty or accomplishment; as, felicity in painting portraits, or in writing or talking. "Felicity of expression." Synonym: Happiness, bliss, beatitude, blessedness, blissfulness. See Happiness. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Felicity

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Literary usage of Felicity

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1. The North American Review by Making of America Project, Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge (1883)
"CAUSES OF felicity. BY the hard and fast scientific mode of looking at the phenomena of nature, it might seem at first view that human felicity had no proof ..."

2. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1839)
"less and less will be the probable amount of the excess of felicity, in the case of those whose share in the instruments of felicity is less and less. ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"Under the mild administration of Titus, the Roman world enjoyed a transient felicity, and his beloved memory served to protect, above fifteen years, ..."

4. The English Reader: Or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, Selected from the Best by Lindley Murray (1823)
"Beside the felicity which springs from perfect love, there are two circumstances whi< h particularly enhance the blessedness of that "multitude who stand ..."

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