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perdition Line breaks: per|di¦tion
Pronunciation: /pəˈdɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of perdition in English:


[mass noun]
1(In Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unrepentant person passes after death.
Example sentences
  • Hence, if the children suffer eternal perdition because their parents, who are themselves Christians, do not teach them how to attain salvation, God will judge and punish the parents.
  • Their aim is to persuade his hearers to pursue the better and safer path by alerting them to the danger of eternal perdition.
  • But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
damnation, eternal punishment;
hell, hellfire, spiritual destruction, doom, ruin, ruination, condemnation, destruction, downfall
1.1Complete and utter ruin: she used her last banknote to buy herself a square meal before perdition
More example sentences
  • In recent years various squads have, though not intentionally, completed their campaigns in a state of utter perdition.
  • However, like many codes of conduct, rather than serving its adherents, it served its masters - thereby providing a framework which would ensure loyalty and fierce advocacy through the threat of social and spiritual perdition.
  • Since humans fear the unknown, death, disease, and perdition more than they fear their mortal enemies, men and women probably ran to shamans and wise women long before they settled in villages and towns.


Late Middle English: from Old French perdiciun, from ecclesiastical Latin perditio(n-), from Latin perdere 'destroy', from per- 'completely, to destruction' + the base of dare 'put'.

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