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  • adj. congratulatory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expressing gratulation or joy; congratulatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Expressing gratulation; congratulatory.
  • Expressing gratitude or thanks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressive of sympathetic pleasure or joy on account of someone's success or good fortune


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  • Ruby herself had taught the girl this accomplishment -- rare enough at the time -- and Mary Jane handled it gingerly, beginning each sentence in a whisper, as if awed by her own intrepidity, and ending each in a kind of gratulatory cheer.

    I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales

  • Pouring out a remarkably viscous mixture of irrelevance and self-gratulatory dimestore rhetoric, the racist National Post blogger "Raphael Alexander" (not his real name) takes a poke at me for my remarks about Michael Coren yesterday.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • It did, after all, give some readers an opportunity for an orgy of self-gratulatory principle-mongering.

    Let's talk about Dawg one more time.

  • You are quite the pompous windbag with your "orgy of self-gratulatory principle-mongering".

    Let's talk about Dawg one more time.

  • With a little gratulatory chuckle he went on to say that for others it was necessary to obey all the ordinances of the Church, to contribute to its support, hear mass, confess from time to time, and receive absolution; consequently those who went out into the wilderness, where there were no churches and no priests to absolve them, did so at the risk of losing their souls.

    Green Mansions

  • The father gave a chuckling, gratulatory laugh; drew a nickel from his pocket and laid it on the table.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • So the gratulatory crowd gathered thickly about him, and the little group of home-friends had to wait long before he could reach them, near the private door by the clerk's desk.

    Joyce's Investments A Story for Girls

  • He was tart with the Turks, gratulatory to the Greeks, peevish with the Poles and gentle to the

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, 1920-07-28

  • This is not a simple gratulatory occasion, this is a place where public duty should be realized and public purposes formed, because public purpose is a thing for which our Puritan ancestors stood, yours and mine.

    Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z

  • To make a clean breast of it, I even suspect that his self-gratulatory whisper is still ringing in my ear, for I find that

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864


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