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Examples of perdition in a sentence
sinners condemned to eternal perdition
simple stupidity is not enough to doom one to perdition
Did You Know?
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."
PERDITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perdition for English Language Learners
: the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death
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