Elysium

noun
Ely·​si·​um | \ i-ˈli-zhē-əm How to pronounce Elysium (audio) , -zē- \
plural Elysiums or Elysia\ i-​ˈli-​zhē-​ə How to pronounce Elysia (audio) , -​zē-​ \

Definition of Elysium

1 : 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

First Known Use of Elysium

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Elysium

Latin, from Greek Ēlysion

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“Elysium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elysium. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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