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  1. primrose pathnoun

    a life of ease and pleasure


  1. primrose pathnoun

    An easy and pleasant life; a self-indulgent or hedonistic life; such a life that leads to damnation.

  2. primrose pathnoun

    A deceptively easy or appealing course of action that leads one astray or into error.

  3. primrose pathnoun

    The life of prostitution.

  4. Etymology: From Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act I, Scene iii.


  1. primrose path

    The term "primrose path" refers to a way of life filled with pleasure and enjoyment but that is also considered immoral, irresponsible, or dangerous. It originates from the idea of a path filled with primrose flowers being attractive and easy to walk but potentially leading to harmful or destructive outcomes.


  1. Primrose Path

    The primrose path refers to someone living a life of ease and pleasure. Not to be confused with "led up the 'garden path'", which is an idiom suggesting that one is being deceived or led astray. E.g. "You've been led up the garden path if you believe it's cheaper to buy from ** than from **" An early appearance of the phrase in print occurs in Shakespeare's 1602 play Hamlet, where Ophelia, rebuffing her brother Laertes' insistence that she resist Hamlet's advances, warns Laertes against hypocrisy: Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads And recks not his own rede.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of primrose path in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of primrose path in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • μονοπάτι primroseGreek
  • हलके पीले रंग का पथHindi
  • primrose viamLatin

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    A frantic
    B alternate
    C opaque
    D witless

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