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 for Fool''s paradise
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
        understanding; an idiot; a natural.
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     2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or
        pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one
        without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.
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              Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.
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              Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn
              in no other.                          --Franklin.
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     3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious
        wisdom; a wicked person.
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              The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
                                                    --Ps. xiv. 1.
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     4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or
        buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed
        fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.
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              Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?
                                                    --Milton.
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     April fool, Court fool, etc. See under April, Court,
        etc.
  
     Fool's cap, a cap or hood to which bells were usually
        attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.
  
     Fool's errand, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure
        or undertaking.
  
     Fool's gold, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in
        color.
  
     Fool's paradise, a name applied to a limbo (see under
        Limbo) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and
        nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain
        self-satistaction.
  
     Fool's parsley (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
        ({Aethusa Cynapium) resembling parsley, but nauseous and
        poisonous.
  
     To make a fool of, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to
        shame. [Colloq.]
  
     To play the fool, to act foolishly; to act the buffoon; to
        act a foolish part. "I have played the fool, and have
        erred exceedingly." --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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     1. The garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve were placed
        after their creation.
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     2. The abode of sanctified souls after death.
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              To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. --Luke
                                                    xxiii. 43.
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              It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
              Singing in Paradise.                  --Longfellow.
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     3. A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight;
        hence, a state of happiness.
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              The earth
              Shall be all paradise.                --Milton.
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              Wrapt in the very paradise of some creative vision.
                                                    --Beaconsfield.
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     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.
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     5. A churchyard or cemetery. [Obs.] --Oxf. Gloss.
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     Fool's paradise. See under Fool, and Limbo.
  
     Grains of paradise. (Bot.) See Melequeta pepper, under
        Pepper.
  
     Paradise bird. (Zool.) 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 (Zool.), a beautiful fresh-water Asiatic fish
        ({Macropodus viridiauratus) having very large fins. It is
        often kept alive as an ornamental fish.
  
     Paradise flycatcher (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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. (Zool.) See Whidah.
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