• WordNet 3.6
    • n bliss a state of extreme happiness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Alas! alas! where is our bliss departed?" "Alas! alas! where is our bliss departed?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Army doctor D.W. Bliss attended to two presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865 he was one of the 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln. In 1881 he supervised the care of James Garfield.
    • n Bliss blĭs Orig., blithesomeness; gladness; now, the highest degree of happiness; blessedness; exalted felicity; heavenly joy. "An then at last our bliss Full and perfect is."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: U.S. Army doctor D.W. Bliss had the unique role of attending to two U.S. presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865 he was one of 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln, and in 1881 he supervised the care of James Garfield.
    • n bliss Blitheness; gladness; lightness of heart.
    • n bliss The highest degree of happiness, especially spiritual joy; perfect felicity; supreme delight; blessedness: often, specifically, the joy of heaven.
    • n bliss Synonyms Felicity, Blessedness, etc. (see happiness), transport, rapture, ecstasy, blissfulness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bliss blis the highest happiness: the special happiness of heaven, heaven
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  • John Simon
    John Simon
    “Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.”
  • Joseph Campbell
    Joseph Campbell
    “Follow your bliss.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “They whose sole bliss is eating can give but that one brutish reason why they live.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.”
  • Thomas Gray
    Thomas Gray
    “Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Ignorance is not bliss -- ignorance is ignorance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blis, blisse, AS. blis, blīðs, fr. blīðe, blithe. See Blithe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blíðs, blíðe, Blithe.


In literature:

Have you come to pasture your sight upon my bliss, to share that which has befallen me?
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Or think'st thou, that e'en in the regions of bliss, There's a landscape more truly Elysian than this?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Such a union brings the highest bliss to each of them, and the greater good to the world at large.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
Oh, and the bliss, the bliss!
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
James's eyeglass, speechless with horror over Lady Bliss's shoulder, glared like a frosty moon.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Nay, 'tis a bliss as of bridegroom with bride.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Yet in the estrangement was an intimacy deeper than that of the merely blissful state.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The cup of bliss had sparkled at my lips, and been dashed aside.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
It should be a stolen bliss in a man's life and not a daily staple.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Do not think he has been lifted at once into eternal bliss.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

Stone of the Law indeed,
Thine own self couldst thou read;
Thy bliss
Within thee is.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
"And never would rove
From a constant bliss,
If I might 'scape
From a fate like this;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover

They feel such lively bliss, those
Poor frostbitten Jesuses,
That they all gather close,
"The Runaways/ Les Effares" by Arthur Rimbaud
Naked thro' Time returned
The Bliss of Heaven that day,
And burned
The dross of earth away.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
And Sex has ruled the earth
From then till this,
Producing woe and mirth
And pain and bliss.
"Sex" by Arthur Guiterman
THEIR names are names of kings
Of heavenly line,
The bliss of earthly things
Who did resign.
"The 'Athletes Of The Universe'" by Samuel John Stone

In news:

"What comes after this momentary bliss".
INTERVIEWS Hear Grenier's Blissful Remix of Blackbird Blackbird 's 'It's a War'.
Blanco 's new mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, provides the same simple, rewarding slaps as most rap music, even if the beat floats from pleasant proggy bliss-outs to demonic screw moans, and even goes gabber a few times.
Bliss Nicholson, The Bruce Co. Thursday, December 13, 2012.
Bliss Nicholson, president and CEO of The Bruce Co. Discusses how smart growth and an emphasis on quality can elevate a company from even the smallest of beginnings.
Call Bliss turbocharges iOS Do Not Disturb feature.
Big Grill, Bigger Screen Make For Backyard Bliss .
Bliss takes place among FOAR Score greats.
Posthumous Honor For WWII Vet At Fort Bliss .
EL PASO — Holiday music and a flood of holiday lighting will brighten up Fort Bliss Thursday as the post planned the 2012 Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday at 5pm.
Alleged bank robber arrested at Bliss Corners.
Find your holiday bliss amid all the craziness.
Sacrifices made in the name of wedded bliss .
Fort Bliss complex serves injured soldiers.
Bliss , 93, of Wellsboro, Pa.

In science:

In these years we have shared bliss and deceptions in supporting the Real Madrid. I hope we will share fresh joys for a long period.
Relic gravitational waves in the expanding Universe
Gravitational Lens Boosting: Although it is conceivable that the metal lines might be detected directly by SPICA/BLISS as Fig. 3 shows, the H2 lines are likely to be challenging unless a means can be found to provide further signal boosting.
The Dark Side of Reionization: Probing Cooling in the Early Universe
But paraphrasing Salvador Dali, if you believe that you and me are smarter in physics than Nielsen and Ninomiya, don’t read this article, just go right on in your blissful idiocy.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Detailed comparisons against saucy, Bliss and conauto are presented.
Practical graph isomorphism, II
Soon afterwards Juntilla and Kaski (2007, 2011) introduced Bliss, which also used the same algorithm but had some extra ideas that helped its performance on difficult graphs.
Practical graph isomorphism, II