from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Eden; paradisaic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Eden; characteristic of Eden.


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  • One of the reasons for early settlers awed reaction to the "edenic" American landscape was that the wide-open vistas had been cleared and replanted by now-dead indigenous people wiped out by early contact with smallpox-ridden explorers.

    globe and mail readers respond to margaret wente

  • The heavenly paradise at the green end, like edenic paradise at the green beginning, can have no humans in it.

    July 25th, 2009

  • As a dyed-in-the-wool city boy, it was my only real exposure to the 'burbs and it proved an edenic one that also caught something of the exotically militarized mood of that Korean War moment.

    Tom Engelhardt: A World Made by War: How Old Will You Be When the American War State Goes Down?

  • Oh I know, post-lapsarian; I am definitely conscious of my fall from an edenic state of grace!

    Agatha Christie and Guilt « Tales from the Reading Room

  • There, in lush, edenic landscapes and immense, painterly and unabashedly carnal nudes, Renoir captured the fascination of the Mediterranean for countless painters and poets of his generation who sought Arcadian alternatives to the harsh realities of Parisian modernity.

    Impressions of an Aging Artist

  • Here's a scene about John Smith's return from edenic captivity among the natives, into the hard life of a leader of the colonists.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Only under a Democratic president (that he is inter-racial surely adds fuel to the fire, though again, it's far from the whole story) does the prospect exist for the final breaching of the walls of that edenic community for which the protesters yearn and which their guns help protect.

    Jonathan Weiler: The Tea Party Movement's Populism

  • Also the children are not so much pictured as unschooled natives but as sophisticated and elegant visitors to their edenic but strange environments.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • So for me, a sophisticated religious belief is one which is able to recognize the validity of other religious traditions, recognize the historical contingency of some of the social teachings of its own traditions, and recognize the symbolic nature of religious teaching and experience — IE Adam and Eve is a mythic tale describing the loss of the edenic state of oneness with nature with the birth of the individual ego.

    Darwin's God

  • Most recently there was Kittredge's "Hole in the Sky," a searing description of his own self-destructive life interwoven with the story of how his family's agribusiness empire laid waste an edenic swatch of Oregon countryside.

    Don't Fence Them Out


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