Word of the Week: Perdition

CliffsNotes May 2, 2016


Word: perdition (n)

Meaning: Loss of the soul; eternal damnation. Hell.

Synonyms: underworld, purgatory, abyss

In theology, perdition is the loss of the soul, damnation, or hell. The root is from the Latin verb perdere (to lose or ruin). In Wuthering Heights, Ellen describes young Hareton Earnshaw and Joseph's attitude toward him:

It gave Joseph satisfaction, apparently, to watch [Hareton] go the worst lengths: he allowed that the lad was ruined: that his soul was abandoned to perdition; but then he reflected that Heathcliff must answer for it.

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