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fool's paradise

PRONUNCIATION:
(foolz PAR-uh-dys, -dyz)

MEANING:
noun: A state of happiness based on false hopes.

ETYMOLOGY:
From English fool, from Latin follis (windbag, fool) + paradise, via French, Latin, and Greek, from Avestan pairidaeza (enclosure, park). Earliest documented use: 1462. Also see, fool's gold and fool's errand.

USAGE:
"She'd been living in a fool's paradise, hoping for his heart, for his ardor at least."
Diana Palmer; Noelle; Ivy Books; 1995.

See more usage examples of fool's paradise in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. -Alden Nowlan, poet, novelist, and playwright (1933-1983)

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