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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.


(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.
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




[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.
They can propose the development of Camiguin Island in Misamis Oriental, for me a paradisiacal Eden (which happens to be near my hometown of Gingoog City).
Of course this description does not square with Milton's own description of a devastated but still-existing Paradisiacal site: "And there take root an Iland salt and bare, / The haunt of Seals and Orcs, and Sea-mews clang" (Paradise Lost, 11, 834-35).
I recently had time to contemplate this unwelcome fact during a 10-hour flight home from a Greek island where I had spent a paradisiacal two weeks.
Gulf South--from East Texas to Florida--which possessed a climate and a landscape that was at once paradisiacal and pathological, known as much for healthiness as for disease.
In other words, pure faith, a literal interpretation of a paradisiacal afterlife proffered by the Koran, justifies slaying children.
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The next stanza involves a shift of focus to a still virginal Mary Fairfax and the idealized, nearly paradisiacal "fields, springs, bushes, flowers" (745) of Nun Appleton.
A minority of Christians, however, including the Latter-day Saints, have interpreted scripture to the effect that before Christ's end-time appearance, there will be a prior parousia ("coming") accompanied by a prior "first resurrection" of the righteous that will introduce an extended period of paradisiacal peace and spiritual prosperity known as "the millennium.
Furthermore guests can enjoy a variety of hiking trails in the area, visit the waterfall El Limon, or take a boat trip to the paradisiacal island of Cayo Levantado (also known as Bacardi Island) and much more.
Synopsis: "Frontier" by Can Xue opens with the story of Liujin, a young woman heading out on her own to create her own life in Pebble Town, a somewhat surreal place at the base of Snow Mountain where wolves roam the streets and certain enlightened individuals can see and enter a paradisiacal garden.