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per·di·tion

 (pər-dĭsh′ən)
n.
1.
a. Loss of the soul; eternal damnation.
b. Hell: "Him the Almighty Power / Hurl'd headlong ... / To bottomless perdition, there to dwell" (John Milton).
2. Utter ruin.

[Middle English perdicion, from Old French, from Late Latin perditiō, perditiōn-, from Latin perditus, past participle of perdere, to lose : per-, per- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

perdition

(pəˈdɪʃən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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. (Theology) 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]

per•di•tion

(pərˈdɪʃ ən)

n.
1. a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.
2. hell.
3. Archaic. utter destruction or ruin.
[1300–50; Middle English perdiciun (< Old French) < Latin perditiō destruction, derivative (with -tiō -tion) of perdere to ruin, lose =per- per- + -dere; see add]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perdition - (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evilperdition - (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Gehenna, Tartarus - a place where the wicked are punished after death
hellfire, red region - a place of eternal fire envisaged as punishment for the damned
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior

perdition

noun (Christianity) damnation, hell, ruin, destruction, doom, condemnation, downfall, hellfire, everlasting punishment He alleged that the film would lead young souls into perdition.
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perdition

[pɜːˈdɪʃən] N (liter) → perdición f

perdition

References in classic literature ?
As such a man, however, was not of much practical use in the ship, especially as he refused to work except when he pleased, the incredulous captain would fain have been rid of him; but apprised that that individual's intention was to land him in the first convenient port, the archangel forthwith opened all his seals and vials -- devoting the ship and all hands to unconditional perdition, in case this intention was carried out.
They were worked in the yards all the seven days of the week, and they had their prize fights and crap games on Sunday nights as well; but then around the corner one might see a bonfire blazing, and an old, gray-headed Negress, lean and witchlike, her hair flying wild and her eyes blazing, yelling and chanting of the fires of perdition and the blood of the "Lamb," while men and women lay down upon the ground and moaned and screamed in convulsions of terror and remorse.
Merlin, the mighty liar and magician, perdition singe him for the weariness he worketh with his one tale
When the noise had moderated a little, the chair proposed that "our illustrious guests be at once elected, by complimentary acclamation, to membership in our ever-glorious organization, the paradise of the free and the perdition of the slave.
I felt myself surrounded by so many fiends from perdition.
I cannot give you up to perdition as a vessel of wrath: repent--resolve, while there is yet time.
On the contrary, I shall have great pleasure in sending it to perdition to punish its Maker,' exclaimed the blasphemer.
Chillip, 'they are much disliked; and as they are very free in consigning everybody who dislikes them to perdition, we really have a good deal of perdition going on in our neighbourhood
Him the Almighty Power Hurld headlong flaming from th' Ethereal Skie With hideous ruine and combustion down To bottomless perdition, there to dwell In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire, Who durst defie th' Omnipotent to Arms.
But I rather judge it the kinder feelings of nature, which grieves that so goodly a form should be a vessel of perdition.
Let it not be seen that thou art (even if perchance thou art, which I do not believe) covetous, a follower of women, or a glutton; for when the people and those that have dealings with thee become aware of thy special weakness they will bring their batteries to bear upon thee in that quarter, till they have brought thee down to the depths of perdition.
Thus differently from the adversaries of the proposed Constitution should I reason on the same subject, deducing arguments of safety from the very sources which they represent as fraught with danger and perdition.