Fool's paradise
Paradise Par"a*dise (p[a^]r"[.a]*d[imac]s), n. [OE. & F. paradis, L. paradisus, fr. Gr. para`deisos park, paradise, fr. Zend pairida[=e]za an inclosure; pairi around (akin to Gr. peri`) + diz to throw up, pile up; cf. Skr. dih to smear, and E. dough. Cf. {Parvis}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve were placed after their creation. [1913 Webster]

2. The abode of sanctified souls after death. [1913 Webster]

To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. --Luke xxiii. 43. [1913 Webster]

It sounds to him like her mother's voice, Singing in Paradise. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

3. A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight; hence, a state of happiness. [1913 Webster]

The earth Shall be all paradise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Wrapt in the very paradise of some creative vision. --Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster]

4. (Arch.) An open space within a monastery or adjoining a church, as the space within a cloister, the open court before a basilica, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. A churchyard or cemetery. [Obs.] --Oxf. Gloss. [1913 Webster]

{Fool's paradise}. See under {Fool}, and {Limbo}.

{Grains of paradise}. (Bot.) See {Melequeta pepper}, under {Pepper}.

{Paradise bird}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Bird of paradise}. Among the most beautiful species are the superb ({Lophorina superba}); the magnificent ({Diphyllodes magnifica}); and the six-shafted paradise bird ({Parotia sefilata}). The long-billed paradise birds ({Epimachin[ae]}) also include some highly ornamental species, as the twelve-wired paradise bird ({Seleucides alba}), which is black, yellow, and white, with six long breast feathers on each side, ending in long, slender filaments. See {Bird of paradise} in the Vocabulary.

{Paradise fish} (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful fresh-water Asiatic fish ({Macropodus viridiauratus}) having very large fins. It is often kept alive as an ornamental fish.

{Paradise flycatcher} (Zo["o]l.), any flycatcher of the genus {Terpsiphone}, having the middle tail feathers extremely elongated. The adult male of {Terpsiphone paradisi} is white, with the head glossy dark green, and crested.

{Paradise grackle} (Zo["o]l.), a very beautiful bird of New Guinea, of the genus {Astrapia}, having dark velvety plumage with brilliant metallic tints.

{Paradise nut} (Bot.), the sapucaia nut. See {Sapucaia nut}. [Local, U. S.]

{Paradise whidah bird}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Whidah}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Fool's paradise — Fool Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad; a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.] 1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool's paradise — A fool s paradise is a false sense of happiness or success …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fool's paradise — noun singular a situation in which someone is happy because they are ignoring a problem or do not realize that it exists …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fool's paradise — ► NOUN ▪ a state of happiness based on not knowing about or ignoring potential trouble …   English terms dictionary

  • fool's paradise — n. a state of deceptive happiness, based on illusions or delusions …   English World dictionary

  • fool's paradise — See: LIVE IN A FOOL S PARADISE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool's paradise — See: LIVE IN A FOOL S PARADISE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Fool's Paradise — Infobox Film name = Fool s Paradise image size = caption = director = Cecil B. DeMille producer = Cecil B. DeMille writer = Sada Cowan Beulah Marie Dix Leonard Merrick narrator = starring = Dorothy Dalton music = cinematography = Karl Struss… …   Wikipedia

  • fool's paradise — N SING: a N (disapproval) If you say that someone is living in a fool s paradise, you are criticizing them because they are not aware that their present happy situation is likely to change and get worse. ...living in a fool s paradise of false… …   English dictionary

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