pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē How to pronounce prosperity (audio) \

Essential Meaning of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making a lot of money a period of prosperity for our nation economic prosperity

Full Definition of prosperity

: the condition of being successful or thriving especially : economic well-being

Examples of prosperity in a Sentence

a period of prosperity for our nation
Recent Examples on the Web Adanne Ebo — use a mix of mockumentary and conventional narrative to lampoon the prosperity gospel, à la the Bakkers, but from a distinctly Southern Black perspective. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2022 The fact that the nation began there, built its prosperity off Southern land and unfree labor, and also the genocidal relationship to Indigenous people that becomes a way of doing things. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Researchers believe the settlement’s prosperity was likely the result of trade, as indicated by the 300 Roman coins as well as jewelry and glass dug up at the site. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2022 Eli, a poor boy done good, looks upon his bratty adult children, who were weaned on his prosperity gospel, with exasperation bordering on disgust. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 Ironically enough, Kissinger was strongly criticized at the time by Israelis, many of whom now acknowledge that his peacemaking approach ensured Israel’s survival and prosperity. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 At times during the meeting at the pizzeria, residents pushed back on a narrative circulating on social media that Susanville is a white community fighting to maintain a prosperity built largely on incarcerating people of color. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Yet Kazakhstan’s relative prosperity hasn’t protected the country’s leadership from popular anger over corruption, low salaries and the outsize wealth of a small group of oligarchs. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Both men admit to struggling to raise kids amid prosperity. Claudia Puig, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of prosperity

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2022

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“Prosperity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē How to pronounce prosperity (audio) \

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: the state of being successful usually by making money


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