Edenic

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Eden +‎ -ic

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Edenic (comparative more Edenic, superlative most Edenic)

  1. Of or suggesting Eden, the paradise of the Bible.
    • 1994, Will Wright & ‎Steven Kaplan, The Image of Technology in Literature, the Media, and Society:
      Thus, when Paul and Billy turn to the Edenic archetype, one must not view this as an acceptance of the "truth" of the Judeo-Christian tradition from which this myth is borrowed.
    • 1999, Robert W. Hamblin & ‎Charles A. Peek, A William Faulkner Encyclopedia, ISBN 0313298513, page 111:
      Our understanding of the Edenic motif in American fiction stems largely from its articulation by three primary critics — R.W.B. Lewis, Leslie Fiedler, and D. H. Lawrence.
    • 2014, Gracia Fay Ellwood, Taking the Adventure: Faith and Our Kinship with Animals, ISBN 1630877522, page 194:
      But we need not try to re-create these circumstances, any more than the Sabbath celebration of an Edenic world means that celebrants must go naked and picnic in a garden; we need only make it a happy and special meal.

Noun[edit]

Edenic (plural Edenics)

  1. One who promotes an Edenic ideal.
    • 1905, Search-light Thrown on the Activities of the World; Volumes 25-26, page 314:
      Then there are the Edenics, who exclude all cooked food; the Wallacites, who abhor salt and refuse bread containing yeast; the Haigites, who do not include peas or beans in their vegetarianism; and the Allinsonians, who abandoned tea in favor of a solution of dried cereals.
    • 1985, Kathryn Lee Seidel, The southern Belle in the American novel, page 127:
      The Edenics wrote historical novels that place the belle in an antebellum setting, perpetuate the notion that she is an ideal woman, and, most important, present her as a symbol for the lost Garden of the antebellum South.
    • 2014, Rich'iz Burnstine, The Edenic, ISBN 1625163428, page 195:
      Let all that have an ear hear and all that have an eye see, the Edenic will not be denied!

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