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[par-uh-dahys, -dahyz] /ˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz/

heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection.
(often initial capital letter) (def 1).
a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness.
a state of supreme happiness; bliss.

(initial capital letter, italics). Italian Paradiso
[pah-rah-dee-zaw] /ˌpɑ rɑˈdi zɔ/ (Show IPA). the third and concluding part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, depicting heaven, through which he is guided by Beatrice.
Compare (def 3), (def 2).
heaven as the ultimate abode or state of the righteous
(Islam) the sensual garden of delights that the Koran promises the faithful after death
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
the place or state of happiness enjoyed by Adam before the first sin; the Garden of Eden
any place or condition that fulfils all one’s desires or aspirations
a park in which foreign animals are kept

late 12c., “Garden of Eden,” from Old French paradis “paradise, Garden of Eden” (11c.), from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek paradeisos “park, paradise, Garden of Eden,” from an Iranian source, cf. Avestan pairidaeza “enclosure, park” (Modern Persian and Arabic firdaus “garden, paradise”), compound of pairi- “around” + diz “to make, form (a wall).”

The first element is cognate with Greek peri- “around, about” (see per), the second is from PIE root *dheigh- “to form, build” (see dough).

The Greek 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 English from c.1200). Meaning “place like or compared to Paradise” is from c.1300.
Paradiso [(pahr-uh-dee-zoh)]

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

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

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.”

see: fool’s paradise


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