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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
Recent Examples of perdition from the Web
As the symbolism abounds on this dusty road to perdition, the excesses of the piece invite the actors to indulgent performances.
Moss’s factual, point-by-point analysis of New York’s perdition is based in context: Like the city, each event, person, and place exists in relation to what stands before, after, and beside it.
Critics can, however, do a certain amount of good on their way to perdition.
Part of Sookee’s journey is one from perdition into opulence, from a lowly thieves’ den into the sumptuousness of the mansion.
My road to perdition was the seemingly noble cause of doing computer science research in the real world.
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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."
SynonymsGehenna, Pandemonium, hell, Tophet
Antonymsbliss, elysian fields, Elysium, empyrean, heaven, kingdom come, New Jerusalem, paradise, sky, Zion (also Sion)
Related Wordsblazes, inferno; purgatory; hades, netherworld, shades, Tartarus, underworld; Sheol; abyss, pit; fire and brimstone, hellfire
Near Antonymsglory, happy hunting ground, nirvana, promised land, Valhalla
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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