Definition of felicity in English:


Syllabification: fe·lic·i·ty
Pronunciation: /fəˈlisətē

noun (plural felicities)

  • 2The ability to find appropriate expression for one’s thoughts: speech that pleased by its accuracy, felicity, and fluency
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    • With her fund of experience and felicity of expression, her courage and uncompromising values, what a wonderful writer she could have become!
    • Her vibrant stage presence, excellent command over rhythm and felicity of expression held the audience spellbound.
    • The translations I offer aim to transcribe the phrasing of the French as exactly as possible, often at the expense of English idiom or felicity of expression.
  • 2.1A particularly effective feature of a work of literature or art: the King James version, thanks to its felicities of language, ruled supreme
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    • When I was a kid you'd get amazingly faithful BBC adaptations of classic books - eight or twelve one-hour episodes to build a minor Victorian novel, recreating all its felicities.
    • Every page of the book is studded with similar felicities but it would be wrong, says Carey, for him to take all the credit.
    • Thriving on the pressure of incessant deadlines, he could always be counted on to produce essays and exhibition reviews that shimmer with verbal felicities enough to make them worth reading for their own, literary sake.


late Middle English: from Old French felicite, from Latin felicitas, from felix, felic- 'happy'.

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