[sod-uh m]
  1. an ancient city destroyed, with Gomorrah, because of its wickedness. Gen. 18–19.
  2. any very sinful, corrupt, vice-ridden place. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Old Testament a city destroyed by God for its wickedness that, with Gomorrah, traditionally typifies depravity (Genesis 19:24)
  2. this city as representing homosexuality
  3. any place notorious for depravity
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Word Origin and History for sodom



"wicked or corrupt place," 1640s, from the sinful city in ancient Palestine, said to have been destroyed, with neighboring Gomorrah, by fire from heaven (Gen. xviii-xix). From Hebrew s'dom, of unknown origin.

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