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bliss

[blis]
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noun
  1. supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment: wedded bliss.
  2. Theology. the joy of heaven.
  3. heaven; paradise: the road to eternal bliss.
  4. Archaic. a cause of great joy or happiness.
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Idioms
  1. bliss out, Slang.
    1. to experience bliss or euphoria: Just give them some bean sprouts and a little tofu and they bliss out.
    2. to cause to become blissful or euphoric: a recording guaranteed to bliss out every Mozart fan.
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Origin of bliss

before 1000; Middle English blisse, Old English bliss, blīths, equivalent to blīthe blithe + -s suffix
Related formsbliss·less, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See happiness.

Antonyms

1. misery.

Bliss

[blis]
noun
  1. Sir Arthur (Edward Drummond),1891–1975, English composer.
  2. Tas·ker [tas-ker] /ˈtæs kər/Howard,1853–1930, U.S. general.
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  • Making him her slave, she kept him at the very height of bliss.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Will eternity ever be bliss, ever be endurable to poor King Hamlet?

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Your friendship much can make me blest, O why that bliss destroy!

  • I mean that the memory of the time wants but that to render it perfect in bliss.

  • Like wine thro' clay, Joy in his blood bursting his heart, he died—the bliss!


British Dictionary definitions for bliss

bliss

noun
  1. perfect happiness; serene joy
  2. the ecstatic joy of heaven
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Derived Formsblissless, adjective

Word Origin

Old English blīths; related to blīthe blithe, Old Saxon blīdsea bliss

Bliss

noun
  1. Sir Arthur . 1891–1975, British composer; Master of the Queen's Musick (1953–75). His works include the Colour Symphony (1922), film and ballet music, and a cello concerto (1970)
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Word Origin and History for bliss

n.

Old English blis, also bliðs "bliss, merriment, happiness, grace, favor," from Proto-Germanic *blithsjo (cf. Old Saxon blidsea, blizza), from *blithiz "gentle, kind" + *-tjo noun suffix. Originally mostly of earthly happiness; influenced by association with bless and blithe.

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v.

often with out, by 1973, U.S. colloquial, from bliss (n.).

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