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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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  • In this Elysium it was no wonder that his spirits were elevated, and that he worked with a will.

  • In anticipation it was a thing boundless and endless, a foretaste of Elysium.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • With Mrs. Arnold for leader they expected a three days' Elysium.

  • I go to Liberia, not as an Elysium of romance, but as to a field of work.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • And where, then, is the Elysium which you must never possess?

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • Had he not fallen upon an Elysium, a very paradise of earthly joys?

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • There was fragrance on the air, and the scene below me seemed an Elysium.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • It—and, oh, what an Elysium it opened to the gaze of his mind's eye!

  • For the rest of the time you journey, if you are "all right" within, in Elysium.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale
  • The valley is an Elysium for many kinds of birds, most of them described in the text.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser
British Dictionary definitions for Elysium


(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 Elysium

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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