See also: Felicity




Borrowed from Old French felicité, from Latin 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).[1]


felicity (countable and uncountable, plural felicities)

  1. (uncountable) Happiness.
    Antonym: infelicity
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter I, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, [], 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. (uncountable) An apt and pleasing style in speech, writing, etc.
  3. (uncountable, semiotics, semiology) Reproduction of a sign with fidelity.
    The quotation was rendered with felicity.
  4. (countable) Something that is either a source of happiness or particularly apt.
    • 2007 August 7, Joshua Ferris, “Table for two”, in The 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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