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[ih-lizh-uh n, ih-lee-zhuh n] /ɪˈlɪʒ ən, ɪˈli ʒən/
of, relating to, or resembling Elysium.
blissful; delightful.
Origin of Elysian
First recorded in 1570-80; Elysi(um) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Elysian
Historical Examples
  • I should like to see Buccellini, however, and have a globule of the Elysian essence.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • They went about in a state of Elysian beatitude, these young people.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • His Elysian gardens, thought he, were about to be snatched away.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Life seemed an Elysian dream, from which care and sorrow must be for ever banished.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It would be a wonder if there are really Elysian fields, and in them shades of people.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Have you ever known people in my condition not set out for the Elysian Fields?

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • Helping us cherish, and nurse as they grow, Elysian plants, from thoughts that we sow.

  • He had something to live for then, and the days passed like an Elysian summer.

  • Perhaps its maker took the secret with her to the Elysian Fields.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • He tastes the kiss of Elysian bliss in instant, earthly life.

    Frontier Ballads Joseph Mills Hanson
British Dictionary definitions for Elysian


of or relating to Elysium
(literary) delightful; glorious; blissful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Elysian

1570s, from Greek Elysion pedion "Elysian field," where heroes and the virtuous live after death, from a pre-Greek word of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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