[ pro-sper-i-tee ]
/ prɒˈspɛr ɪ ti /
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noun, plural pros·per·i·ties.
a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
prosperities, prosperous circumstances, characterized by financial success or good fortune.
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Origin of prosperity

1175–1225; Middle English prosperite<Old French <Latin prosperitās.See prosperous, -ity


non·pros·per·i·ty, noun
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What does prosperity mean?

Prosperity is success or the state of success, especially financial or material success.

Prosperity often implies success in terms of wealth, health, and happiness. But it can also be used more broadly.

The verb prosper means to achieve prosperity. Someone who achieves prosperity can be described as prosperous.

The word prosperity is often paired with words like peace and wealth, such as when wishing people well, as in May your year be full of peace and prosperity. 

Example: You can achieve prosperity through dedication and hard work.

Where does prosperity come from?

The first records of the word prosperity come from around 1200. It comes from the Latin prosperitās. The suffix -ity is used to form abstract nouns indicating a state or condition. The verb prosper comes from the Latin prosperāre, meaning “to make happy.”

To say that someone has achieved prosperity usually implies that they have achieved financial wealth, but it almost usually implies that they have found happiness or contentment in their success. In other words, to achieve prosperity is usually to succeed in a healthy way—to thrive. The word is most often used in the context of a people’s careers and successful businesses.

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How is prosperity used in real life?

Prosperity is usually used in a positive way to refer to financial success that brings happiness. It’s somewhat formal compared to a synonym like success.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of prosperity?

A. failure
B. wealth
C. success
D. prosperousness

How to use prosperity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prosperity

/ (prɒˈspɛrɪtɪ) /

the condition of prospering; success or wealth
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