paradiso

paradise

[par-uh-dahys, -dahyz]
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.
b.
an enclosure beside a church, as an atrium or cloister.
7.
(initial capital letter, italics) . Italian Paradiso [pah-rah-dee-zaw] . 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:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English paradīs < Late Latin paradīsus < Greek parádeisos park, pleasure-grounds < Iranian; compare Avestan pairi-daēza enclosure

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paradise (ˈpærəˌdaɪs)
 
n
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
 
[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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paradise
late 12c., "Garden of Eden," from O.Fr. paradis, from L.L. paradisus, from Gk. paradeisos "park, paradise, Garden of Eden," from an Iranian source, cf. Avestan pairidaeza "enclosure, park" (Mod.Pers. and Arabic firdaus "garden, paradise"), compound of pairi- "around" + diz "to make, form (a wall)."
The first element is cognate with Gk. peri- "around, about" (see peri-), the second is from PIE base *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough). The Gk. 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 Eng. from c.1200). Meaning "place like or compared to Paradise" is from c.1300.
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paradise definition


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

Paradiso [(pahr-uh-dee-zoh)]

The last part of The Divine Comedy of Dante, describing heaven.

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Paradise definition


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."

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