paradise

Definitions

  • Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
    Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Paradise (Christianity) the abode of righteous souls after death
    • n paradise any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
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Additional illustrations & photos:

EMERALD BIRD OF PARADISE EMERALD BIRD OF PARADISE
PARADISE LOST AGAIN PARADISE LOST AGAIN
Adam and Eve in Paradise before the Fall Adam and Eve in Paradise before the Fall

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, "Paradise Lost."
    • Paradise A churchyard or cemetery.
    • Paradise A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight; hence, a state of happiness. "The earth
      Shall be all paradise ."
      "Wrapt in the very paradise of some creative vision."
    • Paradise (Arch) An open space within a monastery or adjoining a church, as the space within a cloister, the open court before a basilica, etc.
    • Paradise The abode of sanctified souls after death. "To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise .""It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
      Singing in Paradise ."
    • Paradise The garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve were placed after their creation.
    • v. t Paradise păr"ȧ*dīs To affect or exalt with visions of felicity; to entrance; to bewitch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a town called Paradise and a town called Hell in Michigan
    • n paradise A park or pleasure-ground connected with the residence of an Oriental prince; a garden.
    • n paradise The garden of Eden.
    • n paradise In theology: That part of the place of departed spirits where the souls of the righteous are by some believed to await the resurrection.
    • n paradise Sometimes, heaven, or the final abode of the blessed.
    • n paradise Hence A place of extreme beauty or delight; a region of supreme felicity or bliss.
    • n paradise In medieval architecture: A small private apartment or study.
    • n paradise A court or inclosed area in front of a church.
    • n paradise The upper gallery in a play-house; the place of the “gallery gods.”
    • n paradise In horticulture, a dwarf apple-tree, used as a stock on which to graft other varieties for the purpose of keeping the tree small in size. There are several forms or varieties of paradise apple, most of them of unknown and early origin. They are small-stature forms of the common apple, Pyrus Malus.
    • paradise To make a paradise of.
    • paradise To put into paradise; fill with supreme felicity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paradise par′a-dīs a park or pleasure-ground, esp. in ancient Persia: the garden of Eden: heaven: any place of great beauty or state of blissful delights: the happy abode of the righteous in heaven: :
    • n Paradise par′a-dīs (slang) the upper gallery in a theatre
    • n Paradise par′a-dīs (archit.) a small private apartment, a court in front of a church
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Quotations

  • William M. Thackeray
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    “When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.”
  • Thomas Howard
    Thomas Howard
    “Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing.”
  • Karl Popper
    Karl Popper
    “Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
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    “Your library is your paradise.”
  • Phillips Brooks
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    “Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.”
  • Jean Paul
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    “Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.”

Idioms

Fool's paradise - A fool's paradise is a false sense of happiness or success.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & F. paradis, L. paradisus, fr. Gr. para`deisos park, paradise, fr. Zend pairidaēza, an inclosure; pairi, around (akin to Gr. peri`) + diz, to throw up, pile up; cf. Skr. dih, to smear, and E. dough,. Cf. Parvis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paradis—L. paradisus—Gr. paradeisos, a park, prob. Persian.

Usage

In literature:

He took the first one he came to, and reached a convent church during a festival, and imagined he had reached paradise.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
The delights of paradise are pictured in the perfect mating of the right man with the right woman.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
This earthly paradise of the Prophet is a city of hidden palaces, of copses and gardens, fountains and bubbling streams.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
I wish you joy of your paradise!
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Do you not see that is like what the devil felt when he saw Adam in Paradise?
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
Further, your paradise could hardly have Joys in it worth the grasping, to my taste.
"Mr. Faust" by Arthur Davison Ficke
IN WHICH PHIL VISITS PARADISE, AND FIRES AT AN INDIAN.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
On being aroused they declared they had been admitted into Paradise, whither they would return before morning.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
That paradise he sought.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
Yet is there really any hope for such a paradise?
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
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In poetry:

And by their flame so pure and bright,
We see how lately those sweet eyes
Have wandered down from Paradise,
And still are lingering in its light.
"The Portrait Of A Child" by Victor Marie Hugo
Paradise now is the soldiers land
Their own country its shining sod,
Comrades all in a merry band;
And the young Knights’ Laughter pleaseth God.
"New Heaven" by Katharine Tynan
This happy happy love
Is seiged with crying sorrows,
Crushed beneath and above
Between todays and morrows;
A little paradise
Held in the world's vice.
"In Love for Long" by Edwin Muir
But if for this he shuts against her
The heart that's shining in his eyes,
She'll bring the gift that for the Peri
Unbarred the gate of paradise.
REVENITA.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
Fall'n from Life's tree the sweet rose-blossom lies,
And fragrant youth has fled. What made to seem
This earth as fair to thee as Paradise,
Was all a dream.
"Translated from Geibel" by Amy Levy
'But,' says my friend, 'what was this thing and where?'
It was a pleasure-place within my soul;
An earthly paradise supremely fair
That lured me from the goal.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Many livery cabs aren't wheelchair accessible, and the ones that are have become a price- gouging paradise, according to a damning report released Wednesday.
The man who died Wednesday after he broke through a snow crust while sledding in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier was an instructor at Green River Community College.
John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" always made me think West Virginia was a paradise.
Both events will take place at Paradise Park.
In our latest Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week segment, we introduce you to a Paradise high swimmer who laps up the competition in the pool and in the classroom.
This Paradise Bobcat laps up the competition in the pool and in the classroom.
I am back in the comfort of my apartment, in the safety of Southwest Florida, happier than a clam to be back in Naples, also known as paradise on earth.
Jones, Streep: Trouble in paradise.
The instructor is paid to produce, and the students consume — it's a renter 's paradise.
For do-it-yourselfers with a strong back (or lots of cold refreshments and friendly neighbors) building a retaining wall is a quick, cheap project that can transform an ordinary yard into a landscaper's paradise in a day or two.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said here Thursday that this December has been no different than past Decembers, in terms of ridding the program of players with poor attitudes.
The Root Word for 'Paradise' Originally Meant 'Walled Garden'.
4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (Directions).
California San Joaquin valley becoming 'doper's paradise'.
California's San Joaquin Valley 's fertile farmland has become a doper's paradise, top law enforcement officials said Wednesday in announcing yet another big marijuana bust connected to Mexican cartels.
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In science:

The conception of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity in 1915 was deemed a theorist’s paradise, but an experimentalist’s nightmare.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
We also saw that we are forced to loose the paradise of absolute small/big subsets, and have to work with relative size.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
On the other hand, zfc/s (and likewise Ackermann set theory) is not quite the paradise it first appears.
Set theory for category theory
Paradise Laboratory Technical report, California Institute of Technology, 2004.
Extensions to the Method of Multiplicities, with applications to Kakeya Sets and Mergers
We note that in the 11th century Maimonides explained the Original Sin and expulsion from paradise due to Adam’s refusal to think originally.
Curiosity and Pleasure
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