Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city of Palestine near Sodom, possibly covered by the waters of the Dead Sea. According to the Bible, the city was destroyed by fire because of its wickedness.
  • n. A wicked or depraved place: "confirmed my fantasy of Hollywood as both Oz and Gomorrah” ( Julie Salamon).

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  • proper n. A town destroyed with Sodom by God for its sins.

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  • n. (Old Testament) an ancient city near the Dead Sea that (along with Sodom) was destroyed by God for the vice and depravity of its inhabitants

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Gomorrah1.

Examples

  • The bible, for example, is fairly unpleasant about Sodom and if anyone knows what they did in Gomorrah it was not very nice about their bizarre and mysterious habits either. 2000 years of incitement?.

    Archive 2007-12-09

  • A spokesman with the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to downplay the divine connection, saying “any similarities between what Bush has done to the country and what was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah is purely coincidental …

    Think Progress » ThinkFast PM: June 5, 2006

  • A spokesman with the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to downplay the divine connection, saying “any similarities between what Bush has done to the country and what was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah is purely coincidental … ”

    Think Progress » Another new low.

  • I also loved how he caught some real gems, such as Gomorrah, which is now part of the Criterion Collection!

    Another Phenomenal New Retrospective Video: Cinema 2009 « FirstShowing.net

  • For "Gomorrah" -- released in Italy as "Gomorra," a pun on the Neapolitan Camorra Mafia and the wicked town from the Bible -- he plucked nonprofessionals from the streets of Scampia, a crime-ridden suburb in the north of Naples where most of the film was made.

    Nonprofessional Actors Give European Films a New Realism

  • "Gomorrah" - This may not have the same appeal to the masses as "Goodfellas" or other worthy Hollywood mob epics, but it's a real McCoy and spellbinding.

    indieWIRE News

  • Just as the French film "The Class" upends the high-school-teacher movie by being more realistic than sensationalistic, Italy's "Gomorrah" - the 2008 winner of the grand prize at Cannes and known as "Gomorra" in its native Italian - does the same for the gangster flick.

    TheState.com: The Buzz

  • Va'eira recounts the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is best known for how it is mistakenly cited, as a condemnation of homosexuality.

    Elissa D. Barrett: We, The People

  • Â Va'eira recounts the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is best known for how it is mistakenly cited, as a condemnation of homosexuality.

    Elissa D. Barrett: We, The People

  • It is that foundational value, and not the historical accuracy of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, that is the lesson of religious faith.

    Commentary: Church-State, Dean Rudenstine and Understanding "Religion"

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