To affect or exalt with visions of felicity; to entrance; to bewitch.
1. The garden of Eden, in which adam and eve were placed after their creation.
2. The abode of sanctified souls after death. To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke xxiii. 43) It sounds to him like her mother’s voice, singing in Paradise. (Longfellow)
3. A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight; hence, a state of happiness. The earth Shall be all paradise. (milton) Wrapt in the very paradise of some creative vision. (Beaconsfield)
4. An open space within a monastery or adjoining a church, as the space within a cloister, the open court before a basilica, etc.
5. A churchyard or cemetery. Fool’s paradise. See fool, and Limbo. Grains of paradise.
(Science: botany) See Whidah.
Origin: OE. & F. Paradis, L. Paradisus, fr. Gr. Paradeisos park, paradise, fr. Zend pairidaeza an inclosure; pairi around (akin to Gr) – diz to throw up, pile up; cf. Skr. Dih to smear, and E. Dough. Cf. Parvis.