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”).
- (uncountable) Happiness.
- Antonym: infelicity
- 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.
- (uncountable) An apt and pleasing style in speech, writing, etc.
- (uncountable, semiotics, semiology) Reproduction of a sign with fidelity.
- The quotation was rendered with felicity.
- (countable) Something that is either a source of happiness or particularly apt.
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