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[per-dish-uh n] /pərˈdɪʃ ən/
a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.
the future state of the wicked.
hell (def 1).
utter destruction or ruin.
Obsolete, loss.
Origin of perdition
1300-50; < Latin perditiōn- (stem of perditiō) destruction, equivalent to perdit(us) (past participle of perdere to do in, ruin, lose, equivalent to per- per- + di-, combining form of dare to give + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn -ion; replacing Middle English perdiciun < Old French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • The road is not always a one-way trip to perdition.
  • Risking sin and perdition, we're rich.
  • Perfection was his perdition.
  • Piracy, poverty and perdition: Somalia takes our unwanted prize.
  • We still recommend perdition for you, for your bad manners.
  • And in immense perdition sinks the soul.
  • Pundits declared early this year that Greece was finished, a breath away from financial perdition and default.
  • This was the ''idealistic'' element in the poisonous fantasy: the threat of one's perdition, the promise of one's salvation.
  • Be thou ashamed therefore, slothful and discontented servant, for they are found readier unto perdition than thou unto life.
  • The saint was pierced with grief to see them thus give death to their own souls, and draw others into the same perdition.
British Dictionary definitions for perdition


  1. final and irrevocable spiritual ruin
  2. this state as one that the wicked are said to be destined to endure for ever
another word for hell
(archaic) utter disaster, ruin, or destruction
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin perditiō ruin, from Latin perdere to lose, from per- (away) + dāre to give
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Word Origin and History for perdition

mid-14c., "fact of being lost or destroyed," from Old French perdicion "loss, calamity, perdition" of souls (11c.) and directly from Late Latin perditionem (nominative perditio) "ruin, destruction," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin perdere "do away with, destroy; lose, throw away, squander," from per- "through" (here perhaps with intensive or completive force, "to destruction") + dare "to put" (see date (n.1)). Special theological sense of "condition of damnation, spiritual ruin, state of souls in Hell" (late 14c.) has gradually extinguished the general use of the word.

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