One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The place where Adam and Eve lived in the biblical account of the Creation, from which they were expelled for disobediently eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge.ideal place, paradise, heaven, heaven on earth, garden of eden, shangri-la, elysium, the elysian fields, happy valley, seventh heaven, idyll, nirvana, blissView synonyms
- 1.1as noun an Eden A place or state of great happiness; an unspoilt paradise.‘the lost Eden of his childhood’
ecstasy, bliss, rapture, contentment, happiness, delight, joy, felicity, supreme happiness, supreme joy, perfect contentment, seventh heaven, cloud nineView synonyms
- ‘As Keynes acknowledged, nineteenth-century Europe was far from being an Eden for most of its inhabitants.’
- ‘The Yangtze River is no longer an Eden for white-flag dolphins.’
- ‘And, just like Kim, as the world's creative workforce begins to realize that it can work from anywhere, it will increasingly situate itself as close to the Edens of the world as possible.’
- ‘Then there's my fear that it would all end up like rural Portugal: an Eden now trashed by a free-for-all housing spree, thanks to EU money.’
- ‘They want to encourage the myth that Lebanon was an Eden, a heaven, the myth that the war was an accident.’
- ‘You see, those wide-open spaces streaking past when you're rattling about on the train are ramshackle urban Edens.’
- ‘In order to create an Eden in which we may disport ourselves in innocence and nakedness, we must first commission others to clear its inhabitants out of the way.’
- ‘But Pattaya with its beautiful beaches, water sports and its spectacular shows, is an Eden marred.’
- ‘The national parks were configured as living Edens containing beautiful scenery, rivers, animals, flowering trees, and carpets of wildflowers.’
- ‘We follow our fingertips and receptors when we use science to reshape nature and to build our personal Edens.’
- ‘Precolonial forests were not untouched Edens or community resources shared equitably by all.’
- ‘She painted the Old South as an Eden with contented slaves and kind masters.’
- ‘The industrialists who make their money by mobilising human labour use it to escape from the people who have enriched them, creating their own private Edens, within which they hunt the beasts of the earth and the fowls of the air.’
- ‘India has served as one of the foreign Edens to which those Americans turn, in order to show their disdain for the United States.’
- ‘With 172 bird species, Dominica is also an Eden for bird watchers.’
- ‘However, this particular Eden requires continual tweaking and trimming to maintain its beauty.’
- ‘It was like a perfect starry night on a world in the busy middle of a great galaxy, covering their little Eden with soft radiance.’
- ‘And for some reason, we have these little Edens, these pieces of paradise in the ugliness.’
- ‘Bowling compares the US to Canada, depicting the latter as an Eden of nonviolence and low homicide rates (despite having a plentiful supply of firearms).’
- ‘They often live at the end of land, in a landscape that contrasts sharply with their emotional condition: their meadows and beaches might be Edens but for the oppressive misery of those who wander there.’
- 1.1as noun an Eden A place or state of great happiness; an unspoilt paradise.
From late Latin (Vulgate), Greek Ēdēn (Septuagint), and Hebrew ‘Ēḏen; perhaps related to Akkadian edinu, from Sumerian eden ‘plain, desert’ (but believed to be related to Hebrew ‘ēḏen ‘delight’).
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