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Pronunciation: (par'u-dīs", -dīz"), [key]
1. heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
2. an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection.
3. (often cap.) Eden (def. 1).
4. a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness.
5. a state of supreme happiness; bliss.
6. Archit.
a. parvis.
b. an enclosure beside a church, as an atrium or cloister.
7. (cap., italics) Italian, Pa•ra•di•so Pronunciation: (pä"rä-dē'zô). [key]the third and concluding part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting heaven, through which he is guided by Beatrice. Cf. inferno (def. 3), purgatory (def. 2).


Pronunciation: (par'u-dīs", -dīz"), [key]
a town in N California. 22,571.

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