Definition of paradise in English:



  • 1(in some religions) heaven as the ultimate abode of the just.

    ‘martyrs who die in battle with the ungodly earn instant transmission to paradise’
    • ‘But now Christ has died and risen again - to open for believers the door into the paradise of heaven.’
    • ‘This direct experience of joy and love for all things is the paradise or heaven of all the religions.’
    • ‘At the same time, Buddhas have the power to manifest themselves in a sublime celestial form in splendid paradises where they teach the doctrine surrounded by hosts of Bodhisattvas and supernatural beings.’
    • ‘Live a good life according to God and you'll go to a form of paradise, live a sinful life and you'll go to a form of torture.’
    • ‘To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
    heaven, the kingdom of heaven, the promised land, the heavenly kingdom, the city of god, the celestial city, the abode of god, the abode of the saints, zion, abraham's bosom
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    1. 1.1The abode of Adam and Eve before the Fall in the biblical account of the Creation; the Garden of Eden.
      • ‘No where in the Bible or Torah does it say that the Garden of Eden was destroyed after the Banishment from Paradise.’
      • ‘It took only one sin for Adam and Eve to be put out of Paradise.’
      • ‘I shall never experience Nirvana: Paradise; or the Garden of Eden; name it how you will.’
      the garden of eden, eden
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    2. 1.2An ideal or idyllic place or state.
      ‘the surrounding countryside is a walker's paradise’
      ‘my idea of paradise is to relax on the seafront’
      • ‘Legitimate businesses and banks should be begging governments to get rid of tax havens and so-called fiscal paradises like the Caymans, Gibraltar, etc.’
      • ‘He stays fit by playing tennis or working out in the Dusit's gymnasium, and would like to try golf at some stage, Thailand being one of the world's golf paradises.’
      • ‘Most were small and green, and I could almost imagine the tropical paradises.’
      • ‘His naivety was so deep that he was able to create a paradise of enchanted magic.’
      • ‘Of course, modern Canadian cruises aren't like Mexican ones where you go to island paradises.’
      bliss, heaven, ecstasy, rapture, delight, joy, happiness, nirvana, seventh heaven, heaven on earth
      utopia, fairyland, shangri-la, heaven, idyll, nirvana
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Middle English: from Old French paradis, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek paradeisos royal (enclosed) park, from Avestan pairidaēza enclosure, park.