Definition of blissful in US English:

blissful

adjective

  • 1Extremely happy; full of joy.

    ‘a blissful couple holding a baby’
    • ‘Life is sweet, and when rejection or responsibility threaten to disrupt my blissful state, I can roll with the punches.’
    • ‘They create a blissful sense of quietness, pure melodic pop pleasure.’
    • ‘Suddenly life, which had up until a minute ago seemed blissful and full of promise, has now become a thing of dread.’
    • ‘Smiling in blissful content, she tried to remember the last time she had relaxed this much.’
    • ‘Telling someone you love them and they're wonderful is a blissful feeling until you realise they aren't saying it back.’
    • ‘As he prepared to surprise the blissful couple, he felt the hairs on the back on his neck rising.’
    • ‘There are no Gods, no grand plans, no celestial architects, no blissful after-lives and no eternal damnation.’
    • ‘Nobody had ever made him feel so happy before, and he prayed that the blissful feeling would never end.’
    • ‘He wandered around the pool with a blissful look on his face, not surprising considering these are his first Games.’
    • ‘With contented sighs, the two blissful lovers curled themselves around each other again.’
    • ‘In fact, we spent a blissful 2 hours chatting on the phone the other day.’
    • ‘He was handsome and could have had a life of blissful happiness for himself if he wished.’
    • ‘As he lay down there, his imagination was filled with blissful happiness.’
    • ‘The effect of the drug is to summon up people's happiest memories as a means of keeping them in a blissful state.’
    • ‘It was a blissful, happy smile, and it made me feel happy in turn.’
    • ‘For a blissful moment I watched everybody happy to be alive and counted myself one of them.’
    • ‘Have you seen my two-year-old in the throes of blissful train play?’
    • ‘Until she was five years old, she had a blissful childhood.’
    • ‘It is blissful to watch grandchildren develop both physically and emotionally with their pluses and minuses.’
    • ‘She shivered inwardly, so happy and blissful just to have his body near hers.’
    • ‘It all sounds rather blissful in a contented, domestic way that would have seemed unimaginable some years ago.’
    happy, carefree, golden, joyful, joyous, contented, idyllic, palmy
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    1. 1.1 Providing perfect happiness or great joy.
      ‘the blissful caress of cool cotton sheets’
      • ‘This is displayed in their ability to play slow, blissful songs and step back from the full onslaught of their upbeat material.’
      • ‘The boots are at that precarious stage of wearing out, and every blissful outing that they take with me now only decreases the time until they get thrown away.’
      • ‘The performance pursues those blissful musical moments that only spontaneity and improvisation provide.’
      • ‘This morning at about 6AM, I was awakened by the blissful sound of rain falling.’
      • ‘Yes, the waters from the thermal springs that feed the town's impressive fountains and the blissful spa really must have magical powers.’
      • ‘They recently changed my office day start time too from the blissful 8.50 to 8.30.’
      • ‘I'm not going to mention the blissful weather over the last couple of weeks - I'll just jinx it.’
      • ‘And though she was happy her friend was leading such a blissful marriage with Matthew, she couldn't help but be a little jealous.’
      • ‘We began with a soak in a warm footbath laced with aloe and glycerine. It was wonderfully soothing and set the tone for the blissful pampering to come.’
      • ‘Organised by the hotel s massage therapist Sally Miller, the weekend promises to be a blissful experience.’
      • ‘And that's without mentioning the wide skies, the winding roads and a blissful lack of mobile phone reception.’
      • ‘And, after three blissful days of broadband, our livebox dies on us.’
      • ‘I know it may shock you to know I haven't led a blameless life, that my past is not a blissful stroll in the park on a sunny day with bluebirds winging in a cloudless sky.’
      • ‘I still dream about the blissful day I expelled her, and the happy humdrum months that followed.’
      • ‘It's hard to resist the lucious, velvety chocolate cascading down in a stream of utter blissful heaven.’
      • ‘I have decided that for the rest of the trip I shall live in my own, blissful world where everyone is full of good intentions.’
      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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Phrases

  • blissful ignorance

    • Fortunate unawareness of something unpleasant.

      • ‘What I do l know is that I will never be able to plod along in a pink cloud of blissful ignorance or even vaguely pretend that I do not care about what goes on around me.’
      • ‘Sit back and enjoy your blissful ignorance as your brain leaves your body and you no longer care about the sounds of screaming and breaking glass coming from the other room.’
      • ‘Some days, Mark, I really miss the days of my blissful ignorance.’
      • ‘But the blameworthy remain oblivious to their actions while wrapped in their blissful ignorance.’
      • ‘At the time, though, I was in blissful ignorance.’
      • ‘But many voters continue to live in blissful ignorance about the qualities of those putting themselves up for election: just 42% of the electorate are able even to name their MP.’
      • ‘I decided that blissful ignorance is not the way to go.’
      • ‘Another form of potentially blissful ignorance is traumatic amnesia.’
      • ‘From the beginning real life is coated in fantasy, usually someone else's, and all we can do is try to understand it - or make sure we remain in blissful ignorance all our lives.’
      • ‘While thousands were hit by the blackout at City Hall yesterday, 18 couples carried on in blissful ignorance on the happiest day of their lives.’

Pronunciation

blissful

/ˈblɪsfəl//ˈblisfəl/