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regratulation, n. [‘ The action of thanking or expressing gratitude in return for something. Also as a count noun, in pl.: expressions of gratitude, thanks. Cf. gratulation n. 5.’]

Etymology: < re- prefix + gratulation n. Compare later regratulate v.
Obs. 1. The action of thanking or expressing gratitude in return for something. Also as a count noun, in pl.: expressions of gratitude, thanks. Cf. gratulation n. 5.1579 R. Robinson Vineyarde of Vertue xvi. f. 30v, Now the matter or ground whence Gratitude groweth to be considered off, contayneth seuen seuerall particularities: First, God, 2. our Parentes,..and seuenthly our benefactors and friends, which calling this dutiful regratulation & repensation, least we incurre that penaltie of Ingratitude.
1638 W. Tompson Let. 25 May in Winthrop Papers (1944) Coll. Mass. Hist. Soc. IV. 32 Mr. Winthroppes..dear respecte is neglected of vs, and not so much as one..sends him a paper schroule..in the waye of regratulation or thankfulnesse.
1640 W. Somner Antiq. Canterbury vi. 74 For these last named Tithes of the 300. Acres and upwards, there lay a tye of regratulation upon the Hospitall.
1650 A. B. Mutatus Polemo 21 After our most humble regratulations to his Grace for..his affable and noble deportment to us.

2. A rejoicing again. rare. Cf. gratulation n. 2.1678 E. Phillips New World of Words (ed. 4) List Barbarous Words, Regratulation, a rejoycing again.

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