from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Loss of the soul; eternal damnation.
  • noun Hell.
  • noun Utter ruin.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete Loss of diminution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Eternal damnation.
  • noun Hell.
  • noun Absolute ruin.

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

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


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

[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.]

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From Old French perdiciun, from Late Latin perditio, from Latin perdo ("I destroy (the soul)").


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