Definition of felix culpa in English:

felix culpa

Pronunciation /ˈfēliks//ˈfāliks ˈko͝olpə/


Christian Theology
  • 1The sin of Adam viewed as fortunate, because it brought about the blessedness of the Redemption.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not surprising, therefore, to find Milton invoking the idea of the felix culpa in the poem’
    1. 1.1 An apparent error or disaster with happy consequences.
      ‘he presents the revolt of the Noldor as a felix culpa’
      • ‘But there seems to be a felix culpa happening here as well.’
      • ‘His black streak of self-destruction will be the felix culpa of his ultimate redemption.’


Mid 20th century: Latin, literally happy fault.


felix culpa

/ˈfēliks//ˈfāliks ˈko͝olpə/