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[pro-sper-i-tee] /prɒˈspɛr ɪ ti/
noun, plural prosperities.
a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
prosperities, prosperous circumstances, characterized by financial success or good fortune.
Origin of prosperity
1175-1225; Middle English prosperite < Old French < Latin prosperitās. See prosperous, -ity
Related forms
nonprosperity, noun Unabridged
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  • prosperity and power—yes, they are important, and we must maintain them.

  • prosperity and health are despised, and joy begins with privations which kill the body.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • prosperity and civilization are far from being synonymous terms.

  • prosperity should enable us to put away a reserve for the hard times.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Soon afterward he died, muttering: "prosperity has ruined my country!"

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for prosperity


the condition of prospering; success or wealth
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Word Origin and History for prosperity

c.1200, from Old French prosprete (12c., Modern French prospérité) and directly from Latin prosperitatem (nominative prosperitas) "good fortune," from prosperus (see prosper).

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