prosperity

Use prosperity to refer to the state of being successful. In the US, the decades following World War II were characterized by rising prosperity, with large numbers moving into the middle class.

Prosperity usually means the type of success that comes from having a lot of money. Our modern English word derives from Middle English prosperite, borrowed through Old French from Latin prosperus "favorable." The Latin word also means "fortunate," and the word prosperity does have an element of good luck.

Definitions of prosperity
  1. noun
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
    synonyms: successfulness
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    eudaemonia, eudaimonia, upbeat, welfare, well-being, wellbeing
    a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
    strength
    the condition of financial success
    success
    a state of prosperity or fame
    fool's paradise
    an illusory state of wellbeing
    health, wellness
    a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
    big time
    the highest level of an occupation (especially in entertainment)
    pay dirt
    a profitable success
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    good fortune, good luck, luckiness
    an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
  2. noun
    an economic state of growth with rising profits and full employment
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    boom
    a state of economic prosperity
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    economic condition
    the condition of the economy
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