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

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "fact of being lost or destroyed," from O.Fr. perdiciun (11c.), from L.L. perditionem (nom. perditio) "ruin, destruction," from L. perditus, pp. of perdere "do away with, destroy, lose, throw away," from per- "through" (here perhaps with intensive or completive force, "to destruction") + -dare
"to put" (see date (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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Example sentences
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.
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