[ih-lizh-ee-uh m, ih-lee-zhee-, ih-liz-, ih-lee-zee-, ih-lizh-uh m]
- 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)
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Related Words for elysian fieldsbliss
British Dictionary definitions for elysian fields
- Also called: Elysian fields Greek myth the dwelling place of the blessed after deathSee also Islands of the Blessed
- a state or place of perfect bliss
Word Origin for Elysium
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).
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elysian fields in Culture
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.
Figuratively, “Elysian Fields” are a place of supreme happiness and bliss.
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