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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Congratulate  \Con*grat"u*late\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Congratulated};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Congratulating}.]  [L. 
  congratulatus  p.  p.  of  congratulari  to  wish  joy  abundantly; 
  con-  +  gratulari  to  wish  joy,  from  gratus  pleasing.  See 
  {Grateful}.] 
  To  address  with  expressions  of  sympathetic  pleasure  on 
  account  of  some  happy  event  affecting  the  person  addressed; 
  to  wish  joy  to 
 
  It  is  the  king's  most  sweet  pleasure  and  affection  to 
  congratulate  the  princess  at  her  pavilion.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  congratulate  one's  self},  to  rejoice;  to  feel 
  satisfaction;  to  consider  one's  self  happy  or  fortunate. 
 
  Syn:  {To  Congratulate},  {Felicitate}. 
 
  Usage:  To  felicitate  is  simply  to  wish  a  person  joy.  To 
  congratulate  has  the  additional  signification  of 
  uniting  in  the  joy  of  him  whom  we  congratulate.  Hence 
  they  are  by  no  means  synonymous.  One  who  has  lost  the 
  object  of  his  affections  by  her  marriage  to  a  rival, 
  might  perhaps  felicitate  that  rival  on  his  success, 
  but  could  never  be  expected  to  congratulate  him  on 
  such  an  event. 
 
  Felicitations  are  little  better  than 
  compliments;  congratulations  are  the  expression 
  of  a  genuine  sympathy  and  joy.  --Trench. 




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