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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
The bargain hunters' paradise is coming to you, with various events throughout the run of the Southern Women's Show.
Yes, and maybe NFL players spend their offseasons in tropical paradise, getting hit in the head by falling coconuts.
When my kale isn’t covered in flies, my little garden is paradise.
Dawn Thomas is an interior decorator who specializes in transforming mundane dorm rooms into palatial paradises.
Iden’s paradise lost Unlike the last game, BFII also ships with a bona fide single-player campaign.
Protestantism has given us not a paradise of free speech, but an open-ended, undisciplined argument.
Due to its proximity to Italy, San Marino is unsurprisingly a foodie paradise, with its own unique culinary scene.
Stop and smell the cheese along the Bregenzerwald Cheese Road Home to more than sixty varieties of cheese, Bregenzerwald is a dairy-lover’s paradise.
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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
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- “A fair is a rat's paradise. Everybody spills food at a fair.”
- —E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
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