paradise

noun
par·​a·​dise | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce paradise (audio) , -ˌdīz, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paradise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await resurrection and the final judgment
c : heaven
2 : a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight

Paradise

geographical name
Par·​a·​dise | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce Paradise (audio) , -ˌdīz, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of Paradise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 town in northern California north of Sacramento population 26,218
2 unincorporated population center just south of Las Vegas in southern Nevada population 223,167

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Other Words from paradise

Noun

paradisial \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​sē-​əl How to pronounce paradisial (audio) , -​zē-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ or less commonly paradisical \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​si-​kəl How to pronounce paradisical (audio) , -​zi-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

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Paradise ultimately comes from an Iranian word that the Greeks modified into paradeisos, meaning "enclosed park." In Hellenistic Greek, "paradeisos" was also used in the Septuagint - an early Greek translation of Jewish scriptures - in reference to the Garden of Eden. Early Christian writers also used "paradeisos" for both Heaven and for the place where righteous souls await resurrection. These senses of "paradeisos" entered into Late Latin as paradisus, and then into Anglo-French (and later, Middle English) as "paradis." Though originally used in theological senses in English, "paradise" has also come to refer to more earthly states and places of delight as well.

Examples of paradise in a Sentence

Noun

Their marriage was very happy at first, but now there's trouble in paradise. a marsh that is a birdwatcher's paradise This shop is an antique collecting paradise!
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Islam is the official religion of the paradise island chain which is also a popular destination for honeymooners. Fox News, "Submerged art gallery in the Maldives destroyed by cops after president declares it 'offensive to Islam'," 25 Sep. 2018 But the 50-square-mile lake, considered Florida’s fourth-largest, devolved from a fishing paradise to a toxic cesspool during a half-century of environmental abuse beginning in the 1940s with chemical runoff from vegetable farms. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Garden buys lakefront properties, envisions 'nicest park on Lake Apopka'," 8 June 2018 Alice believed in the Bible's promise of a future resurrection hope on a restored paradise earth as do over eight million Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Alice Louise Taylor," 1 June 2018 Once a pristine Thai paradise, the secluded bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach has been exhausted by mass tourism. Tassanee Vejpongsa, USA TODAY, "Ailing Thai beach made famous by Hollywood closes to tourism," 1 June 2018 But his was always just a reverse–Robin Hood redistribution project, an Ayn Randian anti-government paradise where the welfare state was quietly strangled for the benefit of the wealthy. David Dayen, The New Republic, "A Fitting End to Paul Ryan’s Fraudulent Political Career," 22 May 2018 But there's more to our Pacific Northwest paradise, according to movies that reveal the creepy side of the Beaver State. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Kinky Madonna and sparkly vampires: 20 movies that make Oregon look creepy," 14 May 2018 Before buying a new house in your vacation paradise, be sure to visit the area in every climate. Natalie Campisi, ajc, "Common homebuying mistakes people make at every age," 11 May 2018 The 'Burbs: Tom Hanks stars as an average guy loving life in his suburban paradise until a strange couple moves in next door. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "Margot Robbie in 'I, Tonya,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paradise

Noun

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

History and Etymology for paradise

Noun

Middle English paradis, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek paradeisos, literally, enclosed park, of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan pairi-daēza- enclosure; akin to Greek peri around and to Greek teichos wall — more at peri-, dough

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paradise

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English Language Learners Definition of paradise

: a very beautiful, pleasant, or peaceful place that seems to be perfect
: a place that is perfect for a particular activity or for a person who enjoys that activity
: a state of complete happiness

paradise

noun
par·​a·​dise | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce paradise (audio) , -ˌdīz\

Kids Definition of paradise

1 : a place, state, or time of great beauty or happiness “A fair is a rat's paradise. Everybody spills food at a fair.”— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
3 : the place where Adam and Eve first lived according to the Bible

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