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1. Bible The garden of God and the first home of Adam and Eve. Also called Garden of Eden.
2. A delightful place; a paradise.
3. A state of innocence, bliss, or ultimate happiness.

[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek Ēdēn, from Hebrew 'ēden, delight, Eden; see ġdn in Semitic roots.]

E·den′ic (ē-dĕn′ĭk) adj.
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In his view, it mistakenly separates humanity from nature and perpetuates an impossible Edenic ideal regarding the environment.
ainsworth has created an interesting album that is stylish and edenic enough to appeal to those who enjoy the craftsmanship she offers.
Grandin's compact survey of American history spans the pre-Revolutionary War era to the present, but at its heart is historian Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 "Frontier Thesis," which argued, as Grandin summarizes it, that "the expansion of settlement across a frontier of 'free land' created a uniquely American form of political equality, a vibrant, forward-looking individualism." Relying on a rich trove of source materials, both primary and secondary, Grandin pointedly contends that this mythic "Edenic utopia" has now been eclipsed by the shadow of a concrete and steel border wall, "America's new myth, a monument to the final closing of the frontier."
For example, while examining Pasolini's literature, Fioretti remarks, "in the first period of Pasolini's poetry utopia aimed to recover a natural, edenic condition that is lost in the modern world" (52).
As the clinic staff injects the unnamed narrator with tranquilizers, her dreamlike narration shifts back and forth between recollections of growing up in Shemiran, a seemingly Edenic suburb of Tehran, and her experience of confinement in France.
The setting is an Edenic woodland, a universal space where masses of clustered leaves, luscious with dewdrops, envelope the Filipino woman, who weaves through the thick foliage in movements as quiet as a murmur, delighting in a tropical paradise of perpetual summer, by turns nourished and lashed by monsoon rains, and seared by a furious sun.
The Edenic Philippine outpost of Palawan...makes the grade this year, although it cedes the top spot to a surprise entry," Travel + Leisure stated.
'The Edenic Philippine outpost of Palawan scored the top spot on this list in 2013 and in 2017; it also makes the grade this year, although it cedes the top spot to a surprise entry,' Travel + Leisure said.
Therefore, for contextualization and reference, it would be useful to trace the origins and paradigms of the original Edenic vision of America and demonstrate how this vision had come to be coupled with the political vision such as Belknap voiced in his address.
The year is 1982; the setting, an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City.
Instead, they create a world whose contours and dimensions feel at once alien and familiar, up to and including the geographic boundaries of Leisure Land that suggest it may not be the Edenic utopia its diminutive residents might think.
Proliferating insidiously, the microbes excreted so much oxygen that the climate careened off-kilter, sparking mass extinctions even while paving the way for the Edenic green worlds now familiar to us.