American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another.
- n. An expression of such joy or acknowledgment. Often used in the plural: sent him my congratulations on winning the award.
- interj. Used to express such joy or acknowledgment: I heard you got a promotion. Congratulations!
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of congratulating, or expressing to a person gratification or good wishes at his success or happiness, or on account of an event deemed auspicious; words used in congratulating; felicitation.
- n. Synonyms Congratulation, Felicitation. Congratulation, like its verb congratulate, implies an actual feeling of pleasure in another's happiness or good fortune; while felicitation (with felicitate) rather refers to the expression on our part of a belief that the other is fortunate, felicitations being complimentary expressions intended to make the fortunate person well pleased with himself.
- n. The act of congratulating.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of congratulating; an expression of sympathetic pleasure.
- n. the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
- n. (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another
- con- + gratulation, cognate with Latin congratulor (congrātulor, "I congratulate"). (Wiktionary)
“I am glad that these sites exist but the self-congratulation is getting a little much.”
“Page 6 official congratulation from the Secretary of War to the commander of our armies, "Thanks be to Almighty God for the great victory with which he has this day crowned you and the gallant armies under your command," was enough to awaken the most latent patriotism, and to make each loyal heart beat with gratitude.”
“Lord Palmerston had scarcely shaken hands with the Speaker, in congratulation upon the end of a dull Session, when the Premier was hurrying Yorkshirewards to shake hands with”
“As you are waiting, it will tell you what channels that it is scanning and how many of them are digital when it is done you will see the word congratulation the initial setup is complete.”
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“The appearance and opinions of those they had left behind them prompted them to this kind of congratulation, with just a thought of compunction at the back of it for their own better fortunes.”
“I have found among my old papers a kind of congratulation and exhortation which I made to myself on dying at an age when I had the courage to meet death with serenity, without having experienced any great evils, either of body or mind.”
“How hardly will poetry consent to employ such words as "congratulation" or”
“Surprised by this kind of congratulation, but also much amused by it, as if there could be nothing so ludicrous as the idea of May not marrying a man who loved her as he loved, Gabriel gravely responded,”
“Andrew enjoyed a special 'congratulation' from the other coopers at the firm.”
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