congratulation

Definitions

  • Congratulations on finding your game again
    Congratulations on finding your game again
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n congratulation the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
    • n congratulation (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another "I sent them my sincere congratulations on their marriage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Congratulation The act of congratulating; an expression of sympathetic pleasure. "With infinite congratulations for our safe arrival."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n congratulation 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 congratulation 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Congratulation act of congratulating: an expression of joy or sympathy
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Quotations

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    “We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.”
  • W. Clement Stone
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    “We have a problem. Congratulations. But it's a tough problem. Then double congratulations.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.”
  • William M. Thackeray
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    “I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. congratulatio,: cf. F. congratulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. congratulāri, -ātuscon, inten., gratulārigratus, pleasing.

Usage

In literature:

When the answer came he congratulated himself on his forethought.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
To this day, I congratulate myself on my reticence; for, who could help asking how?
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
Alfred was pleased, inwardly congratulating himself that future deficiencies would have to be made up by Harrison.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
I have her letter with congratulations in it to-day.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
When the boy concluded his exercises, kisses and congratulations were showered upon him by his admiring friends.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Nevertheless, King Ferdinand congratulated the Lord of Pesaro upon his marriage.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
Evidently this was no time for an announcement, or congratulations and sensations.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
I congratulate you, ma'am.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
Deeply affected, he quitted the chapel, and it was only the congratulations of his friends that restored him to his usual self.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
You will soon be asked to congratulate her on her engagement to Lord Everscourt.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
I congratulate you heartily!
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
You won't have any better congratulation on your recovery than that smile!
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Often has your congratulation added a charm to praise, and your consolation a welcome antidote to alarm.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
But for good or ill, it was a matter for congratulation that criticism was at last being taken seriously in the United States.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But there is a way in which young ladies leave their own homes, which is generally thought to be matter of congratulation.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
In triumph the boys returned to the green hills of Vermont, and were received with many congratulations.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
After all, it was probably nothing more than a curt, formal congratulation, and its coldness would nearly have broken his heart.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
She wasn't at all the woman to let a year go by before she congratulated her sister.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
Amherst, Lord, congratulates Capt.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
I wanted to congratulate dear Therese, but she's gone to change her dress.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
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In poetry:

Stephen
(tasting critically, then nodding).
That is wine!
Let me congratulate you, my good sir,
Upon your exquisite judgment!
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
We've met to greet our friend, T.J.,
And tender our congratulations,
Without forgetting Phebe A.,
In our most heartfelt salutations.
"Kind Gentlemen And Ladies Fair" by David John Scott
"Forgive these yells and cellar-flaps:
I'm always thrown in some such state
When on his face well-meaning chaps
This wretched man congratulate.
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
My child, I join in these congratulations:
Heed not the tear that dims this aged eye!
Old memories crowd upon me. Though I sorrow,
'Tis for myself, Aline, and not for thee!
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The collection of materials
The sorting of minerals
The naming of substances
The enumeration of all these
And the congratulation of all those
Who live in a certain part of a certain place
"To Make A Bridge" by Charles Madge
I congratulate you,
'Twas a hard labour, but 'tis out at last;
The pangs of the delivery won't hurt you.
Go on with undiminished zeal, and people
Heaven, when no longer fit to people earth.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Congratulations to Christina Shaw from BB&T.
I offer my congratulations to the recipients of this year's Homo Homini Award and I am happy they came here from China.
Congratulations are in order for Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody: He's scheduled to pick up an honorary doctorate at the University of Ulster next week.
Congratulations to this week's Hometown Heroes: The Eggertsville Hose Company .
Congratulations to this week's Hometown Heroes: The Eggertsville Hose Company.
Congratulations go to Paula Good Huffer , of Circleville, who was named 10TV's Facebook Fan of the Day on Tuesday.
Congratulations to the students of CASHS Drama Club for a spectacular performance this past weekend of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".
Managing Director Fonterra Nutrition Sarah Kennedy today congratulated Jeremy Hill on his election to President of the International Dairy Federation ( IDF ), becoming the first New Zealander to do so in the Federation's 109-year history.
Congratulations are due for Taraji P Henson, Idris Elba and Laurence Fishburne for their Emmy nods.
After a bitter campaign, the GOP's Marilyn Musgrave has yet to congratulate Democrat Betsy Markey or concede.
Staff Sgt Jason Brown of the recruiting station in Avon congratulates Kaechung Hou after completing the Crucible at a US Marine Corps training session in San Diego, Calif.
Congratulations to all the local high school athletes who spent Friday and Saturday at the University of Charleston's Laidley Field in the West Virginia State Track and Field Championships.
Congratulations to all of our players that picked up $50 or $100 just for playing.
Congratulating Schultz, at right, on his new post is the Rev.
New Highway Superintendent Steven Mero (left) is congratulated by his former boss, former Superintendent Donald Parker, after Mero 's appointment last week.
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In science:

Somewhat discouraged, Sophie sends a polite email to the authors of the new paper, congratulating them on their result and asking to see their source code.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Acknowledgements It is a pleasure to congratulate Roelof de Jong with organizing such a stimulating conference, to thank Jesus Falcon–Barroso, Leonie S nijders and Remco van den Bosch for assistance with the manuscript, and to thank Piet and Corry for a longstanding and warm friendship.
Island Universes
The Workshop has clearly been very successful in all of these, and the organisers deserve congratulations and thanks.
Summary of the HERA-LHC workshop
The reader who feels a sense of unease at this proposal should be congratulated on his4 perspicuity.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
We thank the organizers for their kind invitation and congratulate them for a successful conference.
Review on low and high mass spectroscopy
Nicolae, Meng and Kong are to be congratulated on having treated an important practical problem in many scientific inquiries in which the investigator has chosen the testing procedure, but needs to know the impact of the missing data on the test in terms of the relative loss of information.
Comment: Quantifying the Fraction of Missing Information for Hypothesis Testing in Statistical and Genetic Studies
I echo the sentiments of many speakers at LP11 by congratulating Steve Myers and his team for a very successful year of operation of the CERN Large Hadron Collider at 7 TeV.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
We congratulate the authors for their excellent article.
Some discussions of D. Fearnhead and D. Prangle's Read Paper "Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation"
We congratulate the authors on a structured contribution to the practical use of ABC methods.
Some discussions of D. Fearnhead and D. Prangle's Read Paper "Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation"
In conclusion, we congratulate the authors for their original approach to this ma jor issue in ABC design and, more generaly, for bringing this novel and exciting inferential method to the attention of the readership.
Some discussions of D. Fearnhead and D. Prangle's Read Paper "Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation"
We congratulate the authors for their interesting and stimulating paper on ABC.
Some discussions of D. Fearnhead and D. Prangle's Read Paper "Constructing summary statistics for approximate Bayesian computation: semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation"
I want to congratulate the authors on this thoughtprovoking and important paper on multiple testing in exploratory settings.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari
I want to congratulate the authors again on this very impressive and useful paper and I hope to see strong uptake of the method.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari
Finally, I should like to thank and congratulate the International Advisory Committee and the Local Organizing Committee for a completely successful conference.
Charm Overview
The author congratulates the conference organizers for a very successful meeting.
The AGN Paradigm: Radio-Quiet Objects
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