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Examples of lotusland in a Sentence
the tropical resort's advertising depicts it as a lotusland of luxury and indolence
Did You Know?
In the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men discover a magical land of lotus-eaters. Some of the sailors eat the delicious "lotus" and forget about their homeland, pleading to stay forever in this "lotusland." (It is likely that the lotus in question was the fruit of a real plant of the buckthorn family, perhaps the jujube, whose sweet juice is used in candy making and which has given its name to a popular fruity candy.) The label "lotusland" is now applied to any place resembling such an ideal of perfection, but it also carries connotations of indolence and self-indulgence, possibly derived from the way the sailors refused to work once they reached the original lotusland. The dreamy unreality of a lotusland is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.
Origin and Etymology of lotusland
First Known Use: 1856See Words from the same year
SynonymsCamelot, Cockaigne, Eden, Elysium, empyrean, fantasyland, heaven, paradise, never-never land, New Jerusalem, nirvana, promised land, Shangri-la, utopia, Zion (also Sion)
Antonymsanti-utopia, dystopia, hell
Related Wordsarcadia; dreamland, dreamworld, fairyland, wonderland; blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, euphoria, gladness, joy
Near Antonymsfool's paradise
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