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[ih-lizh-uh n, ih-lee-zhuh n] /ɪˈlɪʒ ən, ɪˈli ʒən/
of, relating to, or resembling Elysium.
blissful; delightful.
Origin of Elysian
1570-80; Elysi(um) + -an Unabridged
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  • The point is a nice one, and perhaps ere this the two friends have met and discussed it in the Elysian fields.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • I should like to see Buccellini, however, and have a globule of the Elysian essence.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • He turned his eyes thoughtfully upon the window through which they beheld the white and gold of the Elysian Fields.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • They went about in a state of Elysian beatitude, these young people.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • Those Elysian fields that Arthur was painting are real and he's going to have his enchanted week as he calls it.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • His Elysian gardens, thought he, were about to be snatched away.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Dost thou soothe the Elysian groves with thy tender song, or dost thou dwell upon a Tartarean Helicon?

  • Life seemed an Elysian dream, from which care and sorrow must be for ever banished.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Shans-e-lees-ay, the Elysian fields; amongst the Greeks the abode of the blessed after death.

  • Helping us cherish, and nurse as they grow, Elysian plants, from thoughts that we sow.

British Dictionary definitions for Elysian


of or relating to Elysium
(literary) delightful; glorious; blissful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Elysian

1570s, from Greek Elysion pedion "Elysian field," where heroes and the virtuous live after death, from a pre-Greek word of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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