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

  • n. Loss of the soul; eternal damnation.
  • n. Hell: "Him the Almighty Power/Hurl'd headlong . . . /To bottomless perdition, there to dwell” ( John Milton).
  • n. Archaic Utter ruin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Eternal damnation.
  • n. Hell.
  • n. Absolute ruin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Entire loss; utter destruction; ruin; esp., the utter loss of the soul, or of final happiness in a future state; future misery or eternal death.
  • n. Loss of diminution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Entire ruin; utter destruction.
  • n. The condition of the lost; the future state of the wicked; hell.
  • n. Loss or diminution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment


Middle English perdicion, from Old French, from Late Latin perditiō, perditiōn-, from Latin perditus, past participle of perdere, to lose : per-, per- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French perdiciun, from Late Latin perditio, from Latin perdo ("I destroy (the soul)"). (Wiktionary)


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