Root Word of the Day: CONGRATULATORY

congratulatory (adj) – serving to express pleasure or joy for a person on a special occasion
BREAKDOWN: CON- (with) + GRAT- (favor) + -ATE (to make) + -ORY (serving to)
— to congratulate is to express joy at a special occasion

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This word is built on the root GRAT-, which means thanks, favor, or pleasing.
Common GRAT- words include include agree, grateful, gratitude, greet, and greeting.
More esoteric GRAT- words include gratuitous.

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