Sod·​om ˈsä-dəm How to pronounce Sodom (audio)
: a place notorious for vice or corruption

Word History


after sodom, destroyed by God for its wickedness in the Bible (Genesis 19)

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sodom was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Sodom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Sod·​om ˈsä-dəm How to pronounce Sodom (audio)
ancient city thought to be in the area now covered by the southwestern part of the Dead Sea

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