Elysium


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E·ly·si·um

 (ĭ-lĭz′ē-əm, ĭ-lĭzh′-)
n.
1. Greek Mythology The Elysian Fields.
2. A place or condition of ideal happiness.

[Latin Ēlysium, from Greek Ēlusion (pedion), Elysian (fields).]

Elysium

(ɪˈlɪzɪəm)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth Also called: Elysian fields the dwelling place of the blessed after death. See also Islands of the Blessed
2. a state or place of perfect bliss
[C16: from Latin, from Greek Ēlusion pedion Elysian (that is, blessed) fields]

E•ly•si•um

(ɪˈlɪʒ i əm, ɪˈlɪz-)

n.
1. the abode of the blessed after death in Greek religious belief.
[1590–1600; < Latin < Greek Ēlýsion (pedíon) the Elysian (plain)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Elysium - a place or condition of ideal happiness
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
2.Elysium - (Greek mythology) the abode of the blessed after death
Heaven - the abode of God and the angels
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations
champs Élysées
Eliziejus

Elysium

[ɪˈlɪzɪəm] NElíseo m
References in classic literature ?
I go to Liberia, not as an Elysium of romance, but as to a field of work.
The west side of every wood and rising ground gleamed like the boundary of Elysium, and the sun on our backs seemed like a gentle herdsman driving us home at evening.
Joseph seemed sitting in a sort of elysium alone, beside a roaring fire; a quart of ale on the table near him, bristling with large pieces of toasted oat-cake; and his black, short pipe in his mouth.
There fair-haired Rhadamanthus reigns, and men lead an easier life than any where else in the world, for in Elysium there falls not rain, nor hail, nor snow, but Oceanus breathes ever with a West wind that sings softly from the sea, and gives fresh life to all men.
People do not go out from it by the door, but by the window; one doesn't descend here by the marble steps of a peristyle, but by the branches of a lime-tree; and the angel with a flaming sword who guards this elysium seems to have changed his celestial name of Gabriel into that of the more terrestrial one of the Prince de Marsillac.
A winter camp in the wilderness Medley of trappers, hunters, and Indians Scarcity of game New arrangements in the camp Detachments sent to a distance Carelessness of the Indians when encamped Sickness among the Indians Excellent character of the Nez Perces The Captain's effort as a pacificator A Nez Perce's argument in favor of war Robberies, by the Black feet Long suffering of the Nez Perces A hunter's Elysium among the mountains More robberies The Captain preaches up a crusade The effect upon his hearers.
They now spoke of a place at no great distance, which they represented as a perfect hunter's elysium.
In imagination she sailed over storied seas that wash the distant shining shores of "faery lands forlorn," where lost Atlantis and Elysium lie, with the evening star for pilot, to the land of Heart's Desire.
Pulled it off," said Chunk with Elysium in his grin.
But the lower- fourth was just now an overgrown form, too large for any one man to attend to properly, and consequently the elysium or ideal form of the young scapegraces who formed the staple of it.
I suppose this Halifax would have appeared an Elysium, though it had been a curiosity of ugly dulness.
It was a regular place of public entertainment for the poorer classes; a tavern where there was nothing to pay; a public breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper all the year round; a brick and mortar elysium, where it was all play and no work.