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 (păr′ə-dīs′, -dīz′)
1. often Paradise The Garden of Eden.
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.
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.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) heaven as the ultimate abode or state of the righteous
2. (Islam) Islam the sensual garden of delights that the Koran promises the faithful after death
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Also called: limbo (according to some theologians) the intermediate abode or state of the just prior to the Resurrection of Jesus, as in Luke 23:43
4. (Bible) the place or state of happiness enjoyed by Adam before the first sin; the Garden of Eden
5. any place or condition that fulfils all one's desires or aspirations
6. a park in which foreign animals are kept
[Old English, from Church Latin paradīsus, from Greek paradeisos garden, of Persian origin; compare Avestan pairidaēza enclosed area, from pairi- around + daēza wall]


(ˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)

1. heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
2. an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection.
3. (often cap.) Eden (def. 1).
4. a place of great beauty or happiness.
5. a state of supreme happiness.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English paradīs < Late Latin paradīsus < Greek parádeisos park, pleasure-grounds < Iranian; compare Avestan pairi-daēza enclosure]



Abraham’s bosom The abode of the blessed dead. The phrase, of Scriptural origin, is usually confined to literary usage.

And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. (Luke 16:22)

Resting one’s head on another’s bosom was an ancient gesture of close friendship; John the Beloved Disciple reclined on the bosom of Jesus at the Last Supper.

happy hunting ground Heaven, paradise; the abode of American Indian warriors after death, where game was plentiful. The phrase in this literal sense was first used by Washington Irving in

Bonneville in 1837. It has since come to mean any region of abundant supply or fertile yield:

Marin County—naturalists’ happy hunting ground—supplied the thirty nature subjects now displayed in … North American Hall. (California Academy of Sciences, News Letter, 1948)

kingdom come The next world, the afterlife; paradise; hades, hell.

And forty pounds be theirs, a pretty sum,
For sending such a rogue to kingdom come.
(Peter Pindar, Subjects for Painters, 1789)

This term is an irreverent excision from the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come, thy will by done.” It is still in common usage, as illustrated by a citation in Webster’s Third:

… the guns that would blow everyone to kingdom come. (Meridel Le Sueur)

land of milk and honey An area of unusual fertility, abundance, and beauty; a paradise; a mecca; Israel. This expression appears in the Bible (Exodus 3:8; 33:3; Jeremiah 11:5) as a description of the Promised Land (Israel), a place where Moses and the oppressed Hebrews would have freedom, peace, and abundant blessings.

And I [God] am come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land flowing with milk and honey. (Exodus 3:8)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paradise - any place of complete bliss and delight and peaceparadise - any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
2.Paradise - (Christianity) the abode of righteous souls after death
Heaven - the abode of God and the angels
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior


1. heaven, Promised Land, Zion (Christianity), Happy Valley (Islam), City of God, Elysian fields, garden of delights, divine abode, heavenly kingdom They believe they will go to paradise when they die.
2. Garden of Eden, Eden Adam and Eve's expulsion from Paradise
3. bliss, delight, heaven, felicity, utopia, seventh heaven This job is paradise compared to my last one.
"Two paradises 'twere in one"
"To live in paradise alone" [Andrew Marvell The Garden]


A state of elated bliss:
Informal: cloud nine.
himnaríki, paradísparadís
Paradīze, Debesisparadīze, svētlaime
thiên đường


[ˈpærədaɪs] Nparaíso m
this is paradise!¡esto es el paraíso!
see also fool 1
see also earthly A1


[ˈpærədaɪs] n
(= perfect place or situation) → paradis m
an island paradise → une île paradisiaque
paradise on earth → le paradis sur terre
a shoppers' paradise → un paradis du shopping
(RELIGION)paradis m


n (lit, fig)Paradies nt; a shopper’s paradiseein Einkaufsparadies nt; an architect’s paradiseein Paradies ntfür Architekten; living there must be paradise compared with this placedort zu leben muss geradezu paradiesisch sein verglichen mit hier; paradise, she sighedhimmlisch, seufzte sie; an earthly paradiseein Paradies auf Erden; I’m in paradiseich bin im Paradies; paradise!wie im Paradies!, paradiesisch!


[ˈpærəˌdaɪs] nparadiso


(ˈpӕrədais) noun
1. a place or state of great happiness. It's paradise to be by a warm fire on a cold night.
2. (with capital) heaven. When we die, we go to Paradise.


جَنَةٌ ráj paradis Paradies παράδεισος paraíso paratiisi paradis raj paradiso 楽園 낙원 paradijs paradis raj paraíso рай paradis สวรรค์ cennet thiên đường 天堂
References in classic literature ?
and she had to leave her paradise to wind yarn, wash the poodle, or read Belsham's Essays by the hour together.
For my own part," continued Hawkeye, turning his face for a moment in the direction indicated by Heyward, but with a vacant and careless manner, "I believe that paradise is ordained for happiness; and that men will be indulged in it according to their dispositions and gifts.
Soon after, I returned home to my family with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucke, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
The spell survives, and just as powerfully as if the natal spot were an earthly paradise.
In thoughts of the visions of the night, I saw long rows of angels in paradise, each with his hands in a jar of spermaceti.
in the work of getting breakfast; for a breakfast in the luxurious valleys of Indiana is a thing complicated and multiform, and, like picking up the rose-leaves and trimming the bushes in Paradise, asking other hands than those of the original mother.
I saw the fences half consumed, their ends lost in the middle of the prairie, and some worldly miser with a surveyor looking after his bounds, while heaven had taken place around him, and he did not see the angels going to and fro, but was looking for an old post-hole in the midst of paradise.
The cloven valleys of the lower world swam in a tinted mist which veiled the ruggedness of their crags and ribs and ragged forests, and turned all the forbidding region into a soft and rich and sensuous paradise.
It is better to be a young June bug than an old bird of paradise.
The maid-of-all-work answered her knock; she took off her hat and cape and hung them in the hall, put her rubber shoes and umbrella carefully in the corner, and then opened the door of paradise.
Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other --devils dressed in angels' robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise.
This state of things should have been to me a paradise of peace, accustomed as I was to a life of ceaseless reprimand and thankless fagging; but, in fact, my racked nerves were now in such a state that no calm could soothe, and no pleasure excite them agreeably.