Word of the Week (WOW): Felicitation

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This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly meme is a great way of improving your vocabulary.  If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here’s my WOW for this week:

felicitations

Word
felicitation

Plural
felicitations

Part of Speech
noun

Pronunciation
fe-lic-i-ta-tion (fĭ-lĭs′ĭ-tā′shən)

Meaning 
1) Expressing good wishes, joy or praise, as for another’s achievement or good fortune.
2) Often felicitations – the expression of good wishes, joy or praise

Synonyms
admiration, adoration, applause, best wishes, blessing, commendation, compliment, congratulation, courtesy, endorsement, homage, ovation, tribute

Antonyms
blame, censure, condemnation, criticism, disapproval, disregard, disrespect, silence

Word Origin
1700-1710 – felicitate + ion – the noun of action from felicitate

Use in a Sentence

1) He would be happy for the moment to pass without felicitation or fanfare, as long as she was aware of his achievement.

2) Felicitations came flooding in from all quarters as news of their success spread.

If you want to discover more great words then visit Heena’s page Word Treasure.

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