perdition

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noun per·di·tion \pər-ˈdi-shən\

Definition of perdition

  1. 1a archaic :  utter destructionb obsolete :  loss

  2. 2a :  eternal damnationb :  hell

Examples of perdition in a sentence

  1. sinners condemned to eternal perdition

  2. <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."

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century

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PERDITION Defined for English Language Learners

perdition

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noun per·di·tion \pər-ˈdi-shən\

Definition of perdition for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death



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