• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prosperous presaging or likely to bring good luck "a favorable time to ask for a raise","lucky stars","a prosperous moment to make a decision"
    • adj prosperous marked by peace and prosperity "a golden era","the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
    • adj prosperous in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich "they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards","easy living","a prosperous family","his family is well-situated financially","well-to-do members of the community"
    • adj prosperous very lively and profitable "flourishing businesses","a palmy time for stockbrokers","a prosperous new business","doing a roaring trade","a thriving tourist center","did a thriving business in orchids"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prosperous Being prospered; advancing in the pursuit of anything desirable; making gain, or increase; thriving; successful; as, a prosperous voyage; a prosperous undertaking; a prosperous man or nation. "By moderation either state to bear Prosperous or adverse."
    • Prosperous Tending to prosperity; favoring; favorable; helpful. "A happy passage and a prosperous wind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prosperous Making good progress in the pursuit of anything desirable; having continued good fortune; successful; thriving: as, a prosperous trade; a prosperous voyage; a prosperous citizen.
    • prosperous Favorable; benignant; propitious: as, a prosperous wind.
    • prosperous Synonyms Successful, etc. (see fortunate), flourishing, well-off, well-to-do.
    • prosperous Propitious, auspicious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prosperous according to hope: in accordance with one's wishes: making good progress: favourable: successful
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.”
  • James Burgh
    James Burgh
    “In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.”
  • Confucius
    “When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “I will say this for adversity: people seem to be able to stand it, and that is more than I can say for prosperity.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prosperus, or prosper, originally, answering to hope; pro, according to + the root of sperare, to hope. See Despair
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prosper, prosperuspro, in accordance with, spes, hope.


In literature:

My church in Brooklyn prospered because it was a soul-saving church.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
Cities that have been noted for their sieges often turn out to be surprisingly prosperous.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
I'll warrant you that God will prosper you; an' that He may, avick, I pray this day!
"The Poor Scholar" by William Carleton
I hope I shall never forget to give according to my prosperings.
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
What consequences followed this great prosperity of the Roman arms?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
The Lord would prosper them until they became rich; then they would become proud and at last wicked.
"A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" by Nephi Anderson
He can't away with the prosperous.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
In the days of Babylonia's prosperity the Euphrates was hailed as "the soul of the land" and the Tigris as "the bestower of blessings".
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
The most prosperous period for Buddhism in Pegu was the reign of Dhammaceti, also called Ramadhipati (1460-1491).
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

May your lives be prosperous,
And always full of love,
And may you both be led by Him
Whose home's in heaven above.
"Just Married" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Why is it that I hate to see
My neighbours in prosperity?
Why am I fill'd with misery?
"Tell me, can this be jealousy?"
"On Jealousy" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Greensleeves, now farewell! adieu!
God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
But somehow the farm did prosper
When he took things in hand;
And though all the servants liked him,
He made them understand.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
The boastful knight, now gay with pride
By his successful crimes,
Floating on folly's golden tide,
Prosper'd in stormy times.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
It makes him take the spotless heart
Of some bright, prosperous maid,
And take it to the demon mart,
And there has it arrayed.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Vulcan Materials Looks Less Prosperous.
The city of Lincoln has faced severe fiscal challenges during the last two years and is attempting to find a level of fiscal sustainability that will allow our community to see some orderly growth and prosperity in the years ahead.
Should it succeed in remaking Europe in its monetary image, Europe will prosper.
It will be a great, prosperous year with many wonderful surprises'.
Yet far from killing creativity and destroying the market, the industry is prospering.
Kimmie Weeks spent much of the civil war that shook the prospering West African nation of Liberia, beginning in 1989, in a sprawling refugee camp where he contracted severe cholera and nearly died.
Entrepreneurs are America's best resource for economic prosperity and growth.
To some, the words bring on visions of jobs, prosperity and new horizons for our state.
Live long and prosper UN report says we need to act now.
Prosperous Representation Practices and View from the Edge.
The Portland Development Commission helps our city grow and prosper .
Let commercialism stay and prosper DAVID MACRAE Princeton, N.J.
Here's to a Prosperous , Profitable Solstice.
For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 's Guide to Prosperity.

In science:

As a young dynasty rises from anarchy a period of order and prosperity begins.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
This description depicts a background of economic tranquility and (somewhat dampened) prosperity, which is perhaps how the cited state planning bureaus had indeed seen things in early 2007.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013)/ERC grant agreement No 227224 (prosperity), as well as from the Research Council of K.U.
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
Such a decision of the prosperous geometer can be explained only by a strong disappointment in his activity.
Monistic conception of geometry
Their great techniques, creation and abundant experience lead the art of piano to present prosperity.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone