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Is it appropriate to use "esteemed felicity" while introducing someone. For example:

It is with esteemed felicity that I introduce Mr. Dan Thomas......

Felicity means happiness. Esteemed means respected.

Doesn't respectful happiness sound weird?

I also noticed esteemed felicity being used in different context:

All that was esteemed felicity here, is totally withdrawn.

What does this mean?

  • esteemed felicity means that your felicity is somehow esteemed. But Mr Dan Thomas is the one who is esteemed and you are happy to be introducing him. – Jim Oct 28 '15 at 4:59
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    No. Sounds like thesaurus-induced gobbledygook. – stevesliva Oct 28 '15 at 5:30
  • Yes, but only if coupled with "and the deepest possible satisfaction." – Ricky Oct 28 '15 at 5:57
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    How ostentatious are you trying to be? – Hot Licks Oct 28 '15 at 11:21
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  1. If Mr. Dan Thomas says of you, the soon-to-be introducer, before you introduce Mr. Dan Thomas,

I, Mr. Dan Thomas, esteem your felicity most highly.

Then you might say afterward, during your introduction of Mr. Dan Thomas, with some justification (and a similar amount of humor),

It is with esteemed felicity that I introduce Mr. Dan Thomas.

Otherwise, you're not likely to say that, because what is being respected (esteemed) is the speaker's happiness, not Mr. Dan Thomas.

  1. 'Esteem' has the somewhat archaic or at least rarely used meaning of

To account, consider, think, hold (a thing to be so and so).

So,

All that was esteemed felicity here, is totally withdrawn.

might mean

All that was considered felicity here is totally withdrawn.

Of the last, note that, on the face of it, the sentence contains an odd sequence of tenses ("was...is"), but there are contexts where that sequence makes sense.

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    Of course Mr Thomas' wife's name may be Felicity, who is accompanying him. Then it might be It is with the esteemed Felicity that I present Mr Thomas. – WS2 Oct 28 '15 at 8:04
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It is simply wrong, because you cannot go from 'esteemed' meaning 'respectED' to esteemed meaning 'respectFUL', just to make the sentence work, in your head. As written, it is the happiness that is being respected.

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