One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in Christian theology) the sin of Adam viewed as fortunate, because it brought about the blessedness of the Redemption.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 An apparent error or disaster with happy consequences.‘he presents the revolt as a felix culpa’
- ‘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.’
Latin, literally ‘happy fault’.
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