Definition of perdition in US English:



  • (in Christian theology) a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent 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.’
    • ‘But they had all seemed pretty much condemned to perdition anyway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their aim is to persuade his hearers to pursue the better and safer path by alerting them to the danger of eternal perdition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But salvation and perdition always hang in the balance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I withdraw it from the dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition and I give it to God.’
    • ‘My daddy thought acting was the road to perdition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This breeze reeked of the incense cast upon the brazier of such sulfurous content to seem as though spewed from the bowels of 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.’
    damnation, eternal punishment
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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’.