Definition of felix culpa in English:

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felix culpa

Pronunciation: /ˈfāliks ˈko͝olpə/ Pronunciation: /ˈfēliks/


Christian Theology
1The sin of Adam viewed as fortunate, because it brought about the blessedness of the Redemption.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: fe·lix cul·pa

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