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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.
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(ˌpær ə dɪˈsaɪ ə kəl, -ˈzaɪ-)

also par•a•dis•i•ac

(-ˈdɪs iˌæk, -ˈdɪz-)

of, like, or befitting paradise.
[1640–50; < Late Latin paradīsiac(us) < Greek paradeisiakós]
par`a•di•si′a•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.paradisiacal - relating to or befitting Paradise; "together in that paradisal place"; "paradisiacal innocence"
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god
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[ˌpærədɪˈsaɪəkəl] ADJparadisíaco
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Well, that sounds paradisiacal, but you'll find it desperate hard work."
I read and reread her letter, and some softened feelings stole into my heart and dared to whisper paradisiacal dreams of love and joy; but the apple was already eaten, and the angel's arm bared to drive me from all hope.
Between scenes of mischief under the Aztec sun, both Fer and Megumy enjoy this paradisiacal place with their respective partners.
Only a tiny minority of upper-caste Indians had known much about the Bhagavad-Gita or the Vedas until the 18th century, when they were translated by British scholars and then presented as sacred texts from the paradisiacal age of this "Hinduism".
What I enjoy about the Bahraini breakfast is that on one paradisiacal platter, one can experience the confluence of cultures that has come to shape the kingdom's identity.
While in Rio de Janeiro, they will take a scenic train ride through the rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain, which boasts the famous 'Christ the Redeemer' statue as well as give travelers a 360-degree view of the area's scenic cityscape and paradisiacal beaches.
With its prime paradisiacal location of Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Playa Resorts-operated Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall provides an ultimate all-inclusive playground for guests of all ages, and the resort's gastronomic scene is no exception.
Guests visiting the paradisiacal hotel can step into a blissful and peaceful world featuring spectacular views of the mesmerizing mangrove lagoon before restoring their bodies and souls with ultimate composure by the bespoke hammam package.
Flowering trees like palo santo are telltale signs of paradisiacal living at Sonya's.
The pool, KiaroaA[acute accent]s most exceptional feature, is 800mA[sup.2], equipped with wet decks and paradisiacal oasis in the center.
It begs the question: in such paradisiacal surroundings, what else is needed?
The landscape of Sardinia is paradisiacal, but mastic trees gnarled with age and ruins, more than 7,000 'beehive tombs,' or Nuraghes, tower throughout the island, suggest a hard-earned wisdom.