paradisiacal

adjective
par·​a·​di·​si·​a·​cal | \ ˌper-ə-də-ˈsī-ə-kəl How to pronounce paradisiacal (audio) , -ˌdī-, -ˈzī-, ˌpa-rə- \
variants: or paradisiac \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​zē-​ˌak How to pronounce paradisiacal (audio) , -​sē-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​-​ \

Definition of paradisiacal

: of, relating to, or resembling paradise

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Other Words from paradisiacal

paradisiacally \ ˌper-​ə-​də-​ˈsī-​ə-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paradisiacal (audio) , -​ˌdī-​ , -​ˈzī-​ , ˌpa-​rə \ adverb

Examples of paradisiacal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The paradisiacal islands are picture-perfect wedding destinations, thanks to their white-sand (and black-sand) beaches, lush jungles, and scenic mountains, volcanoes, and cliffs. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Destination Wedding Locations," 13 Mar. 2021 The book centers around an Italian and American couple, Senna and Shay, and their grand house on a paradisiacal Madagascan beach. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Andrea Lee on Fictionalizing Madagascar," 28 Dec. 2020 The result is a paradisiacal structure that bends beams of light and mystifies the mind. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Dieo Art Prize winners stand together," 26 Sep. 2020 But beneath this paradisiacal surface lies a host of disturbances both natural and man-made. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Wealthy Property Owners All Want a Slice of Hawaii’s Kona-Kohala Coast," 27 Feb. 2020 Their videos depict an L.A. that is immediately recognizable to anyone from there, but not especially iconic or paradisiacal-looking. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Dancing with HAIM," 26 Dec. 2019 Mastodon is being described as the paradisiacal social media platform free from vitriol, abusive trolling, and targeted advertising. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "This chart from Mastodon’s creator shows just how angry some Indian Twitter users are," 11 Nov. 2019 But beaches on the paradisiacal island in the Indonesian archipelago increasingly feature not shells, but rather, plastic trash. Amanda Tazkia Siddharta, National Geographic, "Bali fights for its beautiful beaches by rethinking waste, plastic trash," 14 Oct. 2019 Early Christianity struggled with suicide, as the notion of mortal life as the prelude to a paradisiacal existence actively encouraged early retirement from life, due in part to the ambiguous wording by Paul in Acts 20.24. Simon Harold Walker, Time, "If We Want to Address the Crisis of Veteran Suicide, We Must Acknowledge Its History," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paradisiacal

1632, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paradisiacal

paradisiac borrowed from Late Latin paradīsiacus, borrowed from Late Greek paradeisiakós, from Greek parádeisos paradise + -iakos, adjective suffix (from -i-, noun stem ending + -akos, variant of -ikos -ic entry 1 after nouns stems ending in -i-); paradisiacal from Late Latin paradīsiacus + -al entry 1, or from paradisiac + -al entry 1

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“Paradisiacal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paradisiacal. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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