Word of the Day: Felicity


fe-lic-i-ty / fĭ-lĭs-ĭ-tē


1. happiness; the state of being happy

Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.

Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790


2. an occurrence of great happiness or joy

And what greater felicity than to be alone in a tavern with your last new song, just born and yet still a tingling part of you. 

From “The Quest of the Golden Girl” by Richard le Gallienne, 1866 - 1947


3. something that causes happiness; a source of happiness

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity. 

Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784


4. an appropriate and skillful action, manner or style, or an instance of such

I believe verbal felicity is the fruit of ardor, of diligence, and of refusing to be false.

Marianne Moore, 1887 – 1972


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