Definition of bliss in US English:



  • 1Perfect happiness; great joy.

    ‘she gave a sigh of bliss’
    • ‘Domestic bliss, not that it ever accurately described our family life, was definitely a thing of the past.’
    • ‘The cat was regarded as an essential element in scenes of domestic bliss and happiness.’
    • ‘Before settling into domestic bliss his enjoyment at times meant that his training suffered.’
    • ‘By then, my mother had already settled down to the life of domestic bliss and traditional values that feminism had rebelled against.’
    • ‘Then she got married, got a cat and put her feet up in domestic bliss.’
    • ‘It is preternaturally quiet, as in one of those movies in which scenes of domestic bliss are a harbinger of something truly horrible.’
    • ‘Domesticity is chic and desirable, and domestic bliss is what millions of women hanker for.’
    • ‘Opiates flood you with dopamine, causing high levels of bliss.’
    • ‘Now those dreams of domestic bliss will shortly become reality.’
    • ‘It's just that domestic bliss is not necessarily their first priority in life and many can wait for most of a lifetime without feeling any loss.’
    • ‘As if the last entry wasn't enough, here's another tale of domestic bliss.’
    • ‘By working less and staying at home more, I believed naively that my husband would come home to domestic bliss and a happy marriage would ensue.’
    • ‘It's a scene of almost domestic bliss, it's joyous in some ways; it's familiar and heartwarming.’
    • ‘I recently asked a married couple who are friends of mine if they planned to have children now that they have settled into a life of domestic bliss.’
    • ‘Years of bottled up emotions spilled out in one brief moment of perfect bliss.’
    • ‘So, it is possible to combine domestic bliss and socialising!’
    • ‘He was not a man by all accounts to have enjoyed domestic bliss.’
    • ‘Some sighed contentedly at the sight of such bliss, the perfect pairing of two people who loved each other.’
    • ‘I can live my life in perfect bliss knowing all too well that nothing I ever do will make any difference in this beautiful universe.’
    • ‘We laughed of the laughter that only lovers know, the laughter of joy, contentment and relief, the laughter of pure bliss and happiness.’
    joy, pleasure, delight, happiness, gladness, ecstasy, elation, rapture, euphoria, heaven, paradise, seventh heaven, cloud nine, eden, utopia, arcadia
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    1. 1.1 A state of spiritual blessedness, typically that reached after death.
      • ‘The teachings are telling us that if we see it this way, we will experience great wisdom and great bliss.’
      • ‘Bringing others to a better spiritual bliss is important and beautiful.’
      • ‘On the spiritual plane it is revealed in the experience of eternal bliss.’
      • ‘We may have to go through many ‘lives’ before we achieve heavenly bliss.’
      • ‘Concentration on the self, quelling the passions, and becoming calm are the hallmarks of this path, the goal of which is bliss.’
      • ‘One alternative offers eternal bliss, the other, eternal damnation.’
      • ‘I'm sure that the promise of sheer bliss in the afterlife appeased some people's fears.’
      • ‘The man who would conquer his contradictory feelings, would reach bliss in the afterlife.’
      • ‘You may call it transcendental bliss, purified intuition that enables one to see the Supreme as one's own Self.’
      • ‘Those who are not in this category are deprived of such comfort and bliss.’
      • ‘Although he wasn't in a habit, he had a beaming smile that suggested a state of spiritual bliss.’
      • ‘This gives them a mystical identification with the entirety, and deep forms of bliss.’
      • ‘This feeling of being loved and supported by the Universe in general and by certain recognizable spirits in particular is bliss.’
      • ‘It is only in the lap of the Himalayas that he found real peace, spiritual bliss and intellectual enlightenment.’
      • ‘He possesses a spiritual body composed of eternality, knowledge and bliss.’
      • ‘With half-closed eyes he is immersed in meditation, in divine bliss.’
      • ‘But, drawn out of her spiritual bliss and feeling trapped, she quickly turns the tables.’
      • ‘He supplicates before Lord Shiva for a boon of spiritual bliss.’
      • ‘The Torah teaches us that there is an eternal life, a wholly spiritual life, whose bliss is far greater than the human mind can imagine.’
      • ‘They experience spiritual bliss and divine glory according to their individual spiritual capacities.’
      blessedness, blessing, benediction, glory, heaven, paradise, heavenly joy, divine happiness, supreme happiness, divine rapture, beatitude, saintliness, sainthood
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[no object]bliss out" or "be blissed out
  • Reach a state of perfect happiness, typically so as to be oblivious of everything else.

    as adjective ‘blissed-out hippies’
    • ‘I just did this the other day and it got me totally blissed out.’
    • ‘I'm still blissed out after a lovely Christmas… it was a divine few days of eating, drinking and doing not very much.’
    • ‘Like most long-term relationships we've experienced a good share of bad and good seasons and seemed to have entered a rather blissed out one following the birth of our son Hugo.’
    • ‘We stand in silence watching more people join the line as others leave happily with their cones and cups blissed out, stressless, and not quite ready to go home.’
    • ‘I'm back at home, too blissed out to blog in any detail as yet.’
    • ‘I'm blissed out at the mountains striking and staggering hugeness.’
    • ‘There's plenty of delightful songwriting and blissed out guitar rock in this bedroom produced album.’
    • ‘From that moment on, I was finally able to bliss out in the manner I'd envisioned.’
    • ‘I am feeling particularly blissed out at the moment.’
    • ‘Does anyone really want advice when droolingly blissed out in love?’
    • ‘This track though is slightly different, as its not the usual foot-tapping number that they usually write, more of a lovely lazy laid back blissed out gentle tune…’
    • ‘Instead, it just involves feeling warm and fluffy, making bliss out of ignorance.’
    • ‘I think the conference organizers decided on some whimsy that at the end of the day, when everybody else is blissed out, there should be a representative of the old media.’
    • ‘Just look at the crosseyed blissed out look he gets every time he does it.’
    • ‘I was totally blindsided by this development at the same time as I was totally blissed out.’
    • ‘Then in the third part, she seemed to totally bliss out and deliver some blissful singing.’
    • ‘I'm not entirely sure what he's really going on about here but I'm so blissed out by this point I hardly care.’
    • ‘A couple of minutes later, I was blissed out.’
    • ‘This album is pure laid back grooves, acoustic guitars, and blissed out melodies.’
    • ‘He turned to me slowly, a blissed out grin on his face.’
    ecstatic, rapturous, joyful, joyous, elated, beatific, euphoric, enraptured, on cloud nine, in seventh heaven, transported, in transports, in raptures, beside oneself with happiness, beside oneself with joy, rhapsodic, ravished, enchanted, enthusiastic, delighted, thrilled, overjoyed, happy
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Old English blīths, bliss, of Germanic origin; related to blithe.