Felix-culpa definition

(literally) A "happy fault" or "fortunate fall".
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(literary) A series of miserable events will eventually lead to a happier outcome.
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(religion) The Biblical story of the fall of Adam and Eve and the loss of the Garden of Eden, known theologically as the source of original sin - meaning that this loss of innocence was a fortunate fall because of the good that would come from it, that is, Christian redemption and the eventual hope of Heaven.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
felix-culpa
Plural:
felix-culpas

Origin of felix-culpa

  • From Latin fēlīx culpa (“happy fault”), in Roman Catholic theology.

    From Wiktionary