Definition of perdition in English:



mass noun
  • 1(in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unrepentant person passes after death.

    • ‘Hence, if the children suffer eternal perdition because their parents, who are themselves Christians, do not teach them how to attain salvation, God will judge and punish the parents.’
    • ‘Their aim is to persuade his hearers to pursue the better and safer path by alerting them to the danger of eternal perdition.’
    • ‘But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.’
    • ‘He despises the ignorant and the sinner as doomed to perdition, nay, he considers them as the enemies of God, and as such to be persecuted.’
    • ‘But they had all seemed pretty much condemned to perdition anyway.’
    • ‘My daddy thought acting was the road to perdition.’
    • ‘Removing the will from God does not, therefore, deny human freedom; one remains free either to wander into perdition, or, through grace, to return where one belongs, in God.’
    • ‘The Christian could not be tolerant or detached for the Christian could not remain indifferent to something which inevitably meant the loss of his soul and perdition for others.’
    • ‘I withdraw it from the dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition and I give it to God.’
    • ‘At bottom - and yes, the bottom is a long way down - he and my father may not have thought about God and perdition in such different terms.’
    • ‘But salvation and perdition always hang in the balance.’
    • ‘It is obvious that the motives of the Holy See and its agents were laudable; they wanted to save the souls of the millions under their care from everlasting perdition.’
    • ‘This breeze reeked of the incense cast upon the brazier of such sulfurous content to seem as though spewed from the bowels of perdition.’
    • ‘I took it for granted in my article that God may sometimes give special graces to dying persons to rescue them from the jaws of perdition.’
    damnation, eternal punishment
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    1. 1.1Complete and utter ruin.
      ‘she used her last banknote to buy herself a square meal before perdition’
      • ‘In recent years various squads have, though not intentionally, completed their campaigns in a state of utter perdition.’
      • ‘However, like many codes of conduct, rather than serving its adherents, it served its masters - thereby providing a framework which would ensure loyalty and fierce advocacy through the threat of social and spiritual perdition.’
      • ‘Since humans fear the unknown, death, disease, and perdition more than they fear their mortal enemies, men and women probably ran to shamans and wise women long before they settled in villages and towns.’
      • ‘Fairness can best thrive in a culture of honesty, goodwill, compassion and tolerance, not the prevailing culture of callousness and perdition.’
      • ‘In other words, whichever route one takes in this intellectual landscape, it descends into the same perdition.’


Late Middle English from Old French perdiciun, from ecclesiastical Latin perditio(n-), from Latin perdere ‘destroy’, from per- ‘completely, to destruction’ + the base of dare ‘put’.