paradise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin paradīsus, from Ancient Greek παράδεισος (paradeisos), from Old Iranian *pari-daiza, compare Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌⸱𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (pairi daēza, walled enclusure, encompassing), from 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌 (pairi, around) and 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (daēza, wall). 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (daēza, wall) may be from Proto-Indo-European *dheigʷ (to stick, set up).

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • enPR: pă'rədīs, IPA(key): /ˈpærədaɪs/, /ˈpɛrədaɪs/

Noun[edit]

paradise (plural paradises)

  1. (chiefly religion) Heaven; the abode of sanctified souls after death.
    • Bible, Luke xxiii. 43
      To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
    • Longfellow
      It sounds to him like her mother's voice, / Singing in Paradise.
  2. (figuratively) A very pleasant place.
    an island paradise in the Caribbean
  3. (figuratively) A very positive experience.
  4. (architecture) An open space within a monastery or adjoining a church, such as the space within a cloister, the open court before a basilica, etc.
  5. A churchyard or cemetery.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Oxf. Gloss to this entry?)

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paradise (third-person singular simple present paradises, present participle paradising, simple past and past participle paradised)

  1. To affect or exalt with visions of felicity; to entrance; to bewitch.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Marston to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

paradīse

  1. vocative singular of paradīsus