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paradise

[par-uh-dahys, -dahyz] /ˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz/
noun
1.
heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
2.
an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection.
3.
(often initial capital letter) Eden (def 1).
4.
a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness.
5.
a state of supreme happiness; bliss.
6.
Architecture.
  1. parvis.
  2. an enclosure beside a church, as an atrium or cloister.
7.
(initial capital letter, italics). Italian Paradiso
[pah-rah-dee-zaw] /ˌpɑ rɑˈdi zɔ/ (Show IPA)
. the third and concluding part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting heaven, through which he is guided by Beatrice.
Compare inferno (def 3), purgatory (def 2).
Origin of paradise
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English paradīs < Late Latin paradīsus < Greek parádeisos park, pleasure-grounds < Iranian; compare Avestan pairi-daēza enclosure

Paradise

[par-uh-dahys, -dahyz] /ˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz/
noun
1.
a town in N California.
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British Dictionary definitions for paradises

paradise

/ˈpærəˌdaɪs/
noun
1.
heaven as the ultimate abode or state of the righteous
2.
(Islam) the sensual garden of delights that the Koran promises the faithful after death
3.
Also called limbo. (according to some theologians) the intermediate abode or state of the just prior to the Resurrection of Jesus, as in Luke 23:43
4.
the place or state of happiness enjoyed by Adam before the first sin; the Garden of Eden
5.
any place or condition that fulfils all one's desires or aspirations
6.
a park in which foreign animals are kept
Word Origin
Old English, from Church Latin paradīsus, from Greek paradeisos garden, of Persian origin; compare Avestan pairidaēza enclosed area, from pairi- around + daēza wall
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Word Origin and History for paradises

paradise

n.

late 12c., "Garden of Eden," from Old French paradis "paradise, Garden of Eden" (11c.), from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek paradeisos "park, paradise, Garden of Eden," from an Iranian source, cf. Avestan pairidaeza "enclosure, park" (Modern Persian and Arabic firdaus "garden, paradise"), compound of pairi- "around" + diz "to make, form (a wall)."

The first element is cognate with Greek peri- "around, about" (see per), the second is from PIE root *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough).

The Greek word, originally used for an orchard or hunting park in Persia, was used in Septuagint to mean "Garden of Eden," and in New Testament translations of Luke xxiii:43 to mean "heaven" (a sense attested in English from c.1200). Meaning "place like or compared to Paradise" is from c.1300.

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paradises in Culture

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A place or state of pure happiness. Christians have identified paradise both with the Garden of Eden and with heaven.

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paradises in the Bible

a Persian word (pardes), properly meaning a "pleasure-ground" or "park" or "king's garden." (See EDEN.) It came in course of time to be used as a name for the world of happiness and rest hereafter (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 12:4; Rev. 2:7). For "garden" in Gen. 2:8 the LXX. has "paradise."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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