Origin of Abaddon

From the Hebrew word ăbhaddōnōn literally, destruction
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British Dictionary definitions for abaddon


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

Word Origin for Abaddon

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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