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par·a·dise

 (păr′ə-dīs′, -dīz′)
n.
1. often Paradise The Garden of Eden.
2.
a. In various religious traditions, the Edenic or heavenly abode of righteous souls after death.
b. According to some forms of Christian belief, an intermediate resting place for righteous souls awaiting the Resurrection.
3.
a. A place of great beauty or happiness: saw the park as a paradise within a noisy city.
b. A state of delight or happiness: The newlyweds have been in paradise for months.

[Middle English paradis, from Old French, from Late Latin paradīsus, from Greek paradeisos, garden, enclosed park, paradise, from Avestan pairidaēza-, enclosure, park : pairi-, around; see per in Indo-European roots + daēza-, wall; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]

par′a·di·si′a·cal (-dĭ-sī′ə-kəl, -zī′-), par′a·di·si′ac (-ăk), par′a·di·sa′i·cal (-dĭ-sā′ĭ-kəl, -zā′-), par′a·di·sa′ic (-ĭk), par′a·dis′al (-dī′səl, -zəl) adj.
par′a·di·si′a·cal·ly, par′a·di·sa′i·cal·ly, par′a·dis′al·ly adv.
Word History: From an etymological perspective at least, paradise is located in ancient Iran—for it is there that the word paradise ultimately originates. The old Iranian language Avestan had a noun pairidaēza-, "a wall enclosing a garden or orchard," which is composed of pairi-, "around," and daēza- "wall." The adverb and preposition pairi is related to the equivalent Greek form peri, as in perimeter. Daēza- comes from the Indo-European root *dheigh-, "to mold, form, shape." Zoroastrian religion encouraged maintaining arbors, orchards, and gardens, and even the kings of austere Sparta were edified by seeing the Great King of Persia planting and maintaining his own trees in his own garden. Xenophon, a Greek mercenary soldier who spent some time in the Persian army and later wrote histories, recorded the pairidaēza- surrounding the orchard as paradeisos, using it not to refer to the wall itself but to the huge parks that Persian nobles loved to build and hunt in. This Greek word was used in the Septuagint translation of Genesis to refer to the Garden of Eden, and then Latin translations of the Bible used the Greek word in its Latinized form, paradisus. The Latin word was then borrowed into Old English and used to designate the Garden of Eden. In Middle English, the form of the word was influenced by its Old French equivalent, paradis, and it is from such Middle English forms as paradis that our Modern English word descends.

par•a•di•si•a•cal

(ˌpær ə dɪˈsaɪ ə kəl, -ˈzaɪ-)

also par•a•dis•i•ac

(-ˈdɪs iˌæk, -ˈdɪz-)

adj.
of, like, or befitting paradise.
[1640–50; < Late Latin paradīsiac(us) < Greek paradeisiakós]
par`a•di•si′a•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.paradisaical - relating to or befitting Paradise; "together in that paradisal place"; "paradisiacal innocence"
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god

paradisaical

adjective
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I shudder when I think of the change a few years will produce in their paradisaical abode; and probably when the most destructive vices, and the worst attendances on civilization, shall have driven all peace and happiness from the valley, the magnanimous French will proclaim to the world that the Marquesas Islands have been converted to Christianity
His incisive details in portraying the gross motorcyclists is particularly Dantesque, and the strict demarcations between the "new city," the "old city," and at last the seashore suggest that the persona's spirit is taking bold strides toward a paradisaical zone.
They thought that by that novel style they had managed to resuscitate ancient Greek music in all its power; and, given the popular conception of the Homeric world as the primordial world, it was possible to embrace the illusion that one had at last returned to the paradisaical beginnings of mankind, in which music must have had that supreme purity, power, and innocence of which the pastoral poets wrote so movingly.