[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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Examples from the Web for elysium
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.For the Sake of the School
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
- 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
C16: from Latin, from Greek Ēlusion pedion Elysian (that is, blessed) fields
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