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  • Noun

felicity

fi-LIS-i-tee

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Donna’s and Don’s wedding was a day of cheerful, joyous felicity for the whole family. Guests gathered, filled with wishes of happiness or felicity for the couple. The celebration, filled with bliss, delight, good spirits, and felicity, lasted until dawn; the couple, however, had left around midnight.

Quiz: What is most likely to cause someone to experience felicity?

  • Spending an afternoon laughing with friends.
  • Finding a mouse under their bathroom sink.
  • Hearing an unexpected knock on their door at midnight.

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Feminine Simplicity For some women, shopping is an act of simplicity that leads towards feminine felicity.

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  • Here’s how [Abd al-Rahman III] assessed his life: . . . "Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity." —New York Times
  • Diaz reminds you to take a breath, think about simple pleasures and linger in that warm space for a while. Her band provides the perfect groove to kick back and get comfortable while Diaz and her backing singers serenade you into felicity. —NPR

Word Ingredients
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felic happy, lucky
-ity state or quality

Felicity is the “state or quality” of being “happy or lucky.”

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YouTube: Pharrel Williams Felicity!
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Felicity

Word Variants
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felicitous adj suitable; fortunate
infelicitous adj unsuitable; unfortunate