Definitions

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  • A "happy fault" or "fortunate fall".
  • A series of miserable events will eventually lead to a happier outcome.
  • 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.

Etymologies

From Latin fēlīx culpa ("happy fault"), in Roman Catholic theology. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now that it is clear for anyone with a brain to see that Greg KKKorte was lying about Smitherman, o felix culpa now wants to talk about the Enquirer's coverage of the Mayoral campaign in general.

    Another Enquirer Reporter's Bias Exposed

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  • Latin, literally "happy fault."

    Allusively: the Fall of Man or the sin of Adam as resulting in the blessedness of the Redemption. Frequently, in transferred sense: an apparent error or tragedy which has happy consequences.

    August 8, 2008