Definition of fruition
- the sweet fruition of an earthly crown
- —Christopher Marlowe
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
when she landed the lead in a Broadway play, a lifelong dream was brought to fruition
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Fruition must come from the word fruit, right? Not exactly. Fruition and fruit are related (both ultimately come from the Latin verb frui, meaning "to enjoy"), but they were derived independently. The original meaning of fruition had nothing to do with fruit. Rather, when the term was first used in the early 15th century, it meant only "pleasurable use or possession." Not until the 19th century did fruition develop a second meaning, "the state of bearing fruit," possibly as the result of a mistaken assumption that fruition evolved from fruit. The "state of bearing fruit" sense was followed quickly by the figurative application to anything that can be "realized" and metaphorically bear fruit, such as a plan or a project.
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