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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.]
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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]
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1. a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.
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]
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|Noun||1.||perdition - (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
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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
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