Ely·​si·​um i-ˈli-zhē-əm How to pronounce Elysium (audio)
plural Elysiums or Elysia i-ˈli-zhē-ə How to pronounce Elysium (audio)
: the abode of the blessed after death in classical mythology

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This word came into Latin from the Greek Elysion. In classical mythology, Elysium, or the Elysian fields, was the home of the blessed after death, the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the pure. So it's easy to see how the word came to mean any place or state of bliss or delight. When we try to picture heaven, many of us probably see a lovely park; the great boulevard of Paris was named for the beautiful park that originally bordered it: the Champs-Elysées, or Elysian Fields.

Examples of Elysium in a Sentence

the mourners were comforted by their belief that the saintly woman was now experiencing the joys of Elysium the universal pipe dream that there exists somewhere an earthly Elysium where people live trouble-free lives
Recent Examples on the Web Players must make their way through four unique realms — Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysium, and the Temple of Styx — with each arena taking on a different layout and enemy formation for players to learn and adapt to, but never memorize. Nikki McCann Ramirez, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 And that’s where the idea for Elysium came from, the park name. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2024 All proceeds from the projects go toward The Art of Elysium, according to Variety. Ilana Frost, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 The Art of Elysium’s Art Salon Series The Art of Elysium charity hosted an evening for their Art Salon Series on Thursday, with Lucy Walsh celebrating the release of her book Remember Me As Human with support from Tallulah Willis and Scout LaRue Willis. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2024 His spokesperson said that the trade was made as part of routine tax and estate planning and to boost the growth of his family office, Elysium Management. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 The Destiny 2 community is aflame with fresh drama as 4x World’s First raider, Team Elysium’s Cruz, has been banned from the game for allegedly breaking Bungie’s guidelines on cheating software. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 His only chance for survival is to leave Earth and head to Elysium — the artificial world where the wealthy reside — which houses technology capable of curing any ailment. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 25 Jan. 2024 Two private companies, Celestis and Elysium, had contracted to have cremated human remains and DNA of clients put aboard the lunar lander for a cosmic burial. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Ēlysion

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Elysium was in 1567

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“Elysium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elysium. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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Ely·​si·​um i-ˈlizh-ē-əm How to pronounce Elysium (audio)
: a place or state of ideal happiness

derived from Greek Ēlysion, name in mythology of a place for the dead

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