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  1. Apollyon.
  2. a place of destruction; the depths of hell.

Origin of Abaddon

From the Hebrew word ăbhaddōnōn literally, destruction
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Historical Examples

  • After that, they settled down to planning the Battle of Abaddon.

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  • He is termed Abaddon, the angel of the bottomless pit—the prince of darkness.



  • But we have this safeguard against such visits, that we never represented ourselves as intimate with the opinions of Abaddon.

  • Now his desire should be satisfied, but no, "Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and the eyes of man are never satisfied."

  • These expressions, and the “destroyer” Abaddon or Apollyon, of Revelations ix.

British Dictionary definitions for abaddon


  1. the Devil (Revelation 9:11)
  2. (in rabbinical literature) a part of Gehenna; Hell

Word Origin

Hebrew: literally, destruction
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Word Origin and History for abaddon


late 14c., used in Rev. ix:11 of "the angel of the bottomless pit," and by Milton of the pit itself, from Hebrew Abhaddon "destruction," from abhadh "he perished." The Greek form was Apollyon.

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