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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
Though science fiction has brought us dozens of desert planets, tropical paradise moons, and city worlds, there are almost no examples of alien planets with a diversity of ecosystems and geological features like Earth.
Have a seat on the deck overlooking Bayou St. John and slip into paradise.
To a bee, the riot of flowers is a pollinator’s paradise.
The entire staffs of Mother Jones, The New Republic, and Rolling Stone are simply aching to live in a social-justice, diversity-first paradise.
Get ready for some rock-paper-scissors in paradise.
The gap between rich and poor countries globally is much wider than the gap between the richest and less-rich countries within Europe, and most poor countries are not Pacific-island paradises.
Until recently, the man who assembled this virtual paradise for style lovers held a dim view of the fashion world.
But now, fans are wondering if there could be trouble in paradise, thanks to a few cryptic tweets posted by both celebrities.
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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
SynonymsCamelot, Cockaigne, Eden, Elysium, empyrean, fantasyland, heaven, lotusland, never-never land, New Jerusalem, nirvana, promised land, Shangri-la, utopia, Zion (also Sion), Garden of Eden
Antonymsanti-utopia, dystopia, hell
Related Wordsarcadia; dreamland, dreamworld, fairyland, wonderland; blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, euphoria, gladness, joy
Near Antonymsfool's paradise
Definition of Paradise
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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