Definition of felix culpa in English:

felix culpa

Syllabification: fe·lix cul·pa
Pronunciation: /ˈfāliks ˈko͝olpə, ˈfēliks


Christian Theology
  • 1The sin of Adam viewed as fortunate, because it brought about the blessedness of the Redemption.
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    • There is no celebration of the felix culpa in Milton's treatise; instead, there is a conditioning of the reader to the epistemological conditions the Fall imposes.
    • It is not surprising, therefore, to find Milton invoking the idea of the felix culpa in the poem
    • Just this once, I'm not going to go on about just how very much I love the felix culpa passage from the Catholic liturgies.
  • 1.1An apparent error or disaster with happy consequences: he presents the revolt of the Noldor as a felix culpa
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    • His black streak of self-destruction will be the felix culpa of his ultimate redemption.
    • But there seems to be a felix culpa happening here as well.


mid 20th century: Latin, literally 'happy fault'.

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