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perdition
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Moby Dick
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  • Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition!
  • As such a man, however, was not of much practical use in the ship, especially as he refused to work except when he pleased, the incredulous captain would fain have been rid of him; but apprised that that individual’s intention was to land him in the first convenient port, the archangel forthwith opened all his seals and vials—devoting the ship and all hands to unconditional perdition, in case this intention was carried out.
  • Then tossing both arms, with measureless imprecations he shouted out: "Aye, aye! and I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up.

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  • Paul envisaged the whole of mankind, both Jew and Gentile, as being in this fatal state of perdition and as needing a common savior, who is Jesus.
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  --  http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/cgi-local/DHI/dhi.cgi?id=dv1-50(retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Then I considered the fact that they both simply might be crazy, or outcast like Paolo and Francesca, caught up in some weird, shared perdition.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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