\ˈblis \

Definition of bliss 

1 : complete happiness enjoying eternal bliss in heaven marital bliss the sheer bliss of an afternoon at the spa

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Examples of bliss in a Sentence

Relaxing on the porch of our private villa was sheer bliss. the godly life she has lived will surely lead to infinite bliss after death

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Less than two minutes into the episode, the good ship Falice makes its presence known with a glorious scene in which FP and Alice lie around in post-coital bliss and make pillow talk about cults. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Craziest Things That Happened On Riverdale Tonight," 25 Oct. 2018 Suddenly, every touch is a new chance to exchange an incredible rush of pure bliss. Corinne Werder, Allure, "Want to Have Better Sex? Stop Worrying About Orgasms," 11 Oct. 2018 Both would join the sizable horde that eventually discovered that the White Rabbit and other Pied Pipers of bliss eventually had to be paid. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, "‘Been So Long’ Review: Born to Wander," 7 Sep. 2018 The colors may change, but the style is always there, flowing down like a waterfall in a constant state of bliss. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Poked Fun at Her Ponytail on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”," 6 Sep. 2018 Their public displays of adoration, domestic bliss, joking arguments, and obvious togetherness help to establish their presence as power couples for millions of people who follow them. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event," 6 Nov. 2018 Kloss revealed their marital bliss with a post on her Instagram account. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares More Photos From Private Wedding to Josh Kushner," 26 Oct. 2018 Earlier this year, Prince Harry interrupted his newlywed bliss to make a very important announcement about the Invictus Games. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Are the Invictus Games?," 19 Oct. 2018 Their domestic bliss is thus something that happens strictly indoors, with their small and austere apartment basically becoming a not-all-that-fabulous, two-person closet. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mario': Film Review," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of bliss

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bliss

Middle English blisse, from Old English bliss; akin to Old English blīthe blithe

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English Language Learners Definition of bliss

: complete happiness


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Kids Definition of bliss

: great happiness : joy

Other Words from bliss

blissful \-​fəl \ adjective
blissfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb

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