- heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
- an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection.
- (often initial capital letter) Eden1(def 1).
- a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness.
- a state of supreme happiness; bliss.
- an enclosure beside a church, as an atrium or cloister.
- (initial capital letter, italics) Italian Pa·ra·di·so [pah-rah-dee-zaw] /ˌpɑ rɑˈdi zɔ/. the third and concluding part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting heaven, through which he is guided by Beatrice.Compare inferno(def 3), purgatory(def 2).
Origin of paradise
- a town in N California.
Related Words for paradiseutopia, heaven, bliss, wonderland, Eden, delight, felicity, Shangri-la, Arcadia, Zion, ballpark
Examples from the Web for paradise
Contemporary Examples of paradise
Flesh encircled him at the main pool of the Paradise Hotel and Residences at Boca.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Julia Cooke is the author of The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba.Book Bag: Great Books About Cuba
December 20, 2014
“Paradise lies at the feet of mothers,” Erdogan said on Monday, quoting the Prophet Muhammad.
In Turkey, some mothers find their paradise at the Esme Beltagy Center in Esenler, while others see paradise receding.
It may have looked like paradise, but a rebellion was brewing around the Davises.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of paradise
It caused them to fight for the sole possession of this Paradise upon Earth.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Such ideas as Paradise, Adam and Eve, and angels, are getting obsolete.
What a paradise this would be for the botanist in spring, or for the portrait painter!The Roof of France
This farm was the nearest he would ever come to a paradise and on it he would be his own God.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
"I modestly but freely told him what I thought" of Paradise Lost!The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- heaven as the ultimate abode or state of the righteous
- Islam the sensual garden of delights that the Koran promises the faithful after death
- Also called: limbo (according to some theologians) the intermediate abode or state of the just prior to the Resurrection of Jesus, as in Luke 23:43
- the place or state of happiness enjoyed by Adam before the first sin; the Garden of Eden
- any place or condition that fulfils all one's desires or aspirations
- a park in which foreign animals are kept
Word Origin for paradise
late 12c., "Garden of Eden," from Old French paradis "paradise, Garden of Eden" (11c.), from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek paradeisos "park, paradise, Garden of Eden," from an Iranian source, cf. Avestan pairidaeza "enclosure, park" (Modern Persian and Arabic firdaus "garden, paradise"), compound of pairi- "around" + diz "to make, form (a wall)."
The Greek word, originally used for an orchard or hunting park in Persia, was used in Septuagint to mean "Garden of Eden," and in New Testament translations of Luke xxiii:43 to mean "heaven" (a sense attested in English from c.1200). Meaning "place like or compared to Paradise" is from c.1300.
see fool's paradise.