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Examples of paradise in a Sentence
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!
Recent Examples of paradise from the Web
Laguna was less developed back then, more surfer-and-hippie paradise than multimillionaire’s haunt.
In our world, this is a searing desert populated only by nomads, not Black Panther's lush paradise—unless the Wakandans are keeping a very, very low profile.
It's not known as a skier's paradise, but Perfect North in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, was as good as any ski slope for Olympic athlete Nick Goepper to fall in love with the sport.
As forest parcels are subdivided, more people are buying up their patch of paradise.
Their home, called Boracayan, which rises from the middle of the Costa Rican rain forest, was once Ann and John Bender's vision of paradise.
Still, the complex is generally a plush, pleasant, materialistic paradise for shoppers with cash to burn.
Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) and is considered a climbers' paradise, but fatalities are also common.
Byron Bay, New South Wales, is located in eastern Australia and is known as a surfer and backpacker's paradise with a population of around 5,000.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of paradise
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
blues, dejection, desolation, despair, despondency, disconsolateness, disheartenment, dispiritedness, doldrums, downheartedness, dreariness, dumps, forlornness, gloom, gloominess, heartsickness, melancholy, mopes;
PARADISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paradise for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of paradise for Students
- “A fair is a rat's paradise. Everybody spills food at a fair.”
- —E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
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