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Nov 16, 2017
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Toponyms from fiction

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grimgribber
ecotopia
ruritanian
edenic
stepford

The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man
The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man (detail), 1617
Art: Jan Brueghel the Elder and Pieter Paul Rubens

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Edenic

PRONUNCIATION:
(ee-DEN-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Like a paradise: filled with happiness, beauty, innocence, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Eden, the garden where the biblical characters Adam and Eve lived. From Hebrew eden (delight). Earliest documented use: 1850.

USAGE:
“Though mariners had always avoided the uninhabited ‘Isle of Devils’, the shipwrecked colonists found it Edenic, teeming with natural resources and a temperate climate.”
I Gail Westerfield; Bermuda and the Birth of a Nation; The Royal Gazette (Bermuda); May 30, 2008.

See more usage examples of Edenic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. -Chinua Achebe, writer and professor (16 Nov 1930-2013)

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