Felicity Fe*lic"i*ty, n.; pl. {Felicities}. [OE. felicite, F. f['e]licit['e], fr. L. felicitas, fr. felix, -icis, happy, fruitful; akin to fetus.] 1. The state of being happy; blessedness; blissfulness; enjoyment of good. [1913 Webster]

Our own felicity we make or find. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

2. That which promotes happiness; a successful or gratifying event; prosperity; blessing. [1913 Webster]

the felicities of her wonderful reign. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

3. A pleasing faculty or accomplishment; as, felicity in painting portraits, or in writing or talking. ``Felicity of expression.'' --Bp. Warburton.

Syn: Happiness; bliss; beatitude; blessedness; blissfulness. See {Happiness}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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