per·​di·​tion | \ pər-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce perdition (audio) \

Definition of perdition

1a : eternal damnation
b : hell
2a archaic : utter destruction
b obsolete : loss

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Perdition began life as a word meaning "utter destruction"; that sense is now archaic, but it provides a clue about the origins of the word. "Perdition" was borrowed into English in the 14th century from Anglo-French perdiciun and ultimately derives from the Latin verb perdere, meaning "to destroy." "Perdere" was formed by combining the prefix per- ("through") and "dare" ("to give"). Other descendants of that Latin dare in English include "date," "edition," "render," and "traitor."

Examples of perdition in a Sentence

sinners condemned to eternal perdition simple stupidity is not enough to doom one to perdition

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The report outlined three major steps in Backpage’s road to perdition. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 The road to perdition in the technology business is littered with ideas that sounded great in concept but flopped in execution. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Need a Lunchtime Companion at Work? Check the Office App," 29 May 2018 Like these earlier explorers of perdition, Peterson found wisdom through his harrowing trek. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Jordan Peterson’s Tired Old Myths," 21 May 2018 Its crowdedness seems to amplify the collective anxiety of the artists witnessing, resisting and, at times, celebrating their road to perdition. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Walk Through This Exhibition With Dread. You Know Where It Leads.," 5 Apr. 2018 Neither electric cars nor a bullet train will save people from a pyrrhic perdition. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Political Fires," 22 Dec. 2017 Two years later, the 30-year-old rapper faces that same perdition -- on Nov. 6, he was sentenced to 2-4 years in a Pennsylvania state prison for violating his probation. Ben Detrick, Billboard, "In Meek Mill's Words: What The Rapper's Fight Says About the Justice System," 17 Nov. 2017 They can never be reconciled because of the chasm that separates those who deserve salvation and those who deserve perdition — namely, the deplorables. Joshua Mitchell, National Review, "The Identity-Politics Death Grip," 26 Oct. 2017 Only one run, however, was earned during the fourth inning, or, better known as the road to perdition. John Henry, star-telegram, "Rangers elimination number falls to 1 after blowout loss to Astros," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of perdition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for perdition

Middle English perdicion, from Anglo-French perdiciun, Late Latin perdition-, perditio, from Latin perdere to destroy, from per- through + dare to give — more at per-, date

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English Language Learners Definition of perdition

old-fashioned : the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death

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