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The Anglicization of Latin Elysium; from Ancient Greek Ἠλύσιον (Ēlúsion)

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (Classical mythology) Elysium; home of the blessed, after death.


Elysian (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to Elysian or Elysium, the location.
  2. (idiomatic) Happy, blissful, heavenly.
    • 1771. James Beattie, The Minstrel
      O who of man the story will unfold, / Ere victory and empire wrought annoy, / In that elysian age (misnam'd of gold) / The age of love, and innocence and joy []
    • 1913. Charles George Herbermann, The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work..., Encyclopedia Press, page 573:
      Unlike Raphael's "Galatea" and his "Three Graces", examples of Elysian happiness in a race in the state of innocence, Guilano's decorations resemble saturnalia of lubricity itself.

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