One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Conveying good wishes or praise to someone in response to an achievement or special occasion.‘as well as a congratulatory message from the Queen, Elsie received many cards and flowers’‘a congratulatory handshake to mark four years of community success’
- ‘Later this month, he will mark his 100th birthday, and friends of his are gathering congratulatory letters and cards from his fans.’
- ‘He gave her a congratulatory pat on the shoulder.’
- ‘The treasury minister was in a congratulatory mood at the association's annual dinner last week.’
- ‘He was among the first to send a congratulatory e-mail to the new CEO.’
- ‘I clapped a congratulatory hand on his shoulder before he could continue.’
- ‘Secret Service agents whisked her away to take a congratulatory phone call from the president.’
- ‘Male and female fans rushed to shake his hand and bestow congratulatory kisses.’
- ‘The day after winning, he picked up a congratulatory fax from a financial institution offering an opportunity to discuss funding.’
- ‘She wrote him a congratulatory note the following day.’
- ‘Handed a congratulatory bunch of roses, he observed they were suitably "socialist" red.’
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