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[ih-lizh-ee-uh m, ih-lee-zhee-, ih-liz-, ih-lee-zee-, ih-lizh-uh m] /ɪˈlɪʒ i əm, ɪˈli ʒi-, ɪˈlɪz-, ɪˈli zi-, ɪˈlɪʒ əm/
Also called Elysian Fields. Classical Mythology. the abode of the blessed after death.
any similarly conceived abode or state of the dead.
any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
an area in the northern hemisphere of Mars, appearing as a light region when viewed telescopically from the earth.
Origin of Elysium
1590-1600; < Latin < Greek Ēlýsion (pedíon) the Elysian (plain) Unabridged
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  • Have you ever known people in my condition not set out for the elysian fields?

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • Perhaps its maker took the secret with her to the elysian fields.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • Compare this spot with the elysian fields which Virgil depicts for you.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • It is like the elysian fields after the city's noise and grime.

  • The dance hall revel at the elysian fields was in full swing.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • On the elysian fields, there is pause and fluctuation; but, for Maillard, no return.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Those which lay before me I was ready to believe were the elysian fields.

    Zenobia William Ware
  • An ethereal nose giving the miraculous power of sensing the lavatory in the elysian fields before it smells the flowers.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • "Italiam non sponte sequor," he pleads as Dido turns from him in the elysian fields with eyes of speechless reproach.

  • We are glad to end this experience and banish from our minds the unattractive picture of the Chinaman in his elysian fields.

British Dictionary definitions for elysian fields


(Greek myth) Also called Elysian fields. the dwelling place of the blessed after death See also Islands of the Blessed
a state or place of perfect bliss
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek Ēlusion pedion Elysian (that is, blessed) fields
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Word Origin and History for elysian fields



1590s, from Latin Elysium, from Greek Elysion (pedion) "abode of the blessed" (see Elysian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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elysian fields in Culture
Elysian Fields [(i-lizh-uhn)]

In classical mythology, the place where souls of the good went after death: a peaceful and beautiful region, full of meadows, groves, sunlight, and fresh air.

Note: Figuratively, “Elysian Fields” are a place of supreme happiness and bliss.
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