See also: elysian
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈlɪ.zi.ən/
- Hyphenation: Ely‧si‧an
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪˈliː.ʒən/
- Hyphenation: Ely‧sian
Elysian (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to Elysian or Elysium, the location.
1826, John Frederick Dennett, “The Second Voyage of Captain Parry”, in The Voyages and Travels of Captains Parry, Franklin, Ross, and Mr. Belzoni; Forming an Interesting History of the Manners, Customs, and Characters of Various Nations, Visited by Enterprising Travellers, London: Published by J. Jacques and W. Wright, 13, Paternoster Row, OCLC 937425395, page 246:
- Departed spirits do not however make a joyful and immediate entrance into these elysian fields, but must first slide for the space of five days, or, according to others, for a still longer period, down a rough rock, which the Greenlanders, by a strange contradiction, represent to be quite bloody.
1897, Alexander Henry; David Thompson, “Ethnography of Fort Vermilion”, in Elliott Coues, editor, New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest: The Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry, Fur Trader of the Northwest Company and of David Thompson, Official Geographer of the Same Company 1799–1814: Exploration and Adventure among the Indians on the Red, Saskatchewan, Missouri and Columbia Rivers [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, New York, N.Y.: Francis P. Harper, OCLC 421568505, part II (The Saskatchewan and Columbia Rivers), page 529:
- But everyone that has lived a wicked life on earth, committed murder in his own nation, or been guilty of suicide, must pass by a different route to the Elysian fields. He has a steep precipice to climb, which gives him much pain and trouble; […]
- (idiomatic) Blissful, happy, heavenly.
1774, James Beattie, The Minstrel, or, The Progress of Genius. A Poem. The Second Book, London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly in the Poultry, and William Creech, Edinburgh, OCLC 9862359; republished as The Minstrel; or, The Progress of Genius: In Two Books. With Some Other Poems, London: Printed by T. Gillet, for C[harles] Dilly, in the Poultry, and W[illiam] Creech, Edinburgh, 1797, OCLC 520647259, stanza XXXVI, page 55:
- O who of man the story will unfold, / Ere victory and empire wrought annoy, / In that elysian age (misnamed of gold) / The age of love, and innocence and joy, […]
1909, Louis Gillet, “Giulio Romano”, in Charles G[eorge] Herbermann [et al.], editors, The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church [...] In Fifteen Volumes, volume VI (Fathers–Gregory), New York, N.Y.: Robert Appleton Company, OCLC 831240612, pages 572, column 2 – 573, column 1:
2007 spring, H[oward] P[hillips] Lovecraft, “Astrophobos”, in John Gregory Betancourt, editor, Adventure Tales, volume 1, number 4, Rockville, Md.: Wildside Press, ↑ISBN, page 117:
- Mystic waves of beauty blended / With the georgeous golden rays / Phantasies of bliss descended / In a myrrh'd Elysian haze. / In the lyre-born chords extended / Harmonies of Lydian lays.
2015, David Turner, “Embracing the Examination Incubus 1945–1979”, in The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School, New Haven, Conn.; London: Yale University Press, ↑ISBN, page 193:
- Winchester College has an Elysian quality, doubtless appreciated by the classical masters who supplied its educational staple for most of its six-century history.
- (blissful, happy): see Thesaurus:blissful
of or pertaining to Elysium
blissful, happy, heavenly
Elysian (plural Elysians)
- An inhabitant of the mythological Elysium.