Origin of perdition
Examples from the Web for perdition
He would tell me to go to perdition, probably, and I shouldn't blame him.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Perdition to the land where a man could not live unless he was a skunk or a cur.
If was the world against Kate, let the world go to perdition.
Since she went I know what perdition means; what darkness is.An Outcast of the Islands
He resisted, as though I had been forcing him over the brink of perdition.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- final and irrevocable spiritual ruin
- this state as one that the wicked are said to be destined to endure for ever
- another word for hell
- archaic utter disaster, ruin, or destruction
Word Origin and History for perdition
mid-14c., "fact of being lost or destroyed," from Old French perdicion "loss, calamity, perdition" of souls (11c.) and directly from Late Latin perditionem (nominative perditio) "ruin, destruction," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin perdere "do away with, destroy; lose, throw away, squander," from per- "through" (here perhaps with intensive or completive force, "to destruction") + dare "to put" (see date (n.1)). Special theological sense of "condition of damnation, spiritual ruin, state of souls in Hell" (late 14c.) has gradually extinguished the general use of the word.