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Definition hell; (in Christianity:  where Satan resides and non-saved suffer eternal punishment)
  • 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  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • He presents Jesus as a preexistent divine being, whom God sent into the world in human form to rescue mankind from their state of spiritual perdition.
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • We made no promises to storm barricades; We shall go down to perdition openly.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I find my follies are irretrievable; and all your goodness cannot save me from perdition.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I cannot give you up to perdition as a vessel of wrath: repent — resolve, while there is yet time.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Was there not a spirit in him which, silent as it was, burned on him like the fires of perdition?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • [turning on Barbara] you talk of your half-saved ruffian in West Ham: you accuse me of dragging his soul back to perdition.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Then he added with sharp annoyance, "Perdition catch that crazy pauper!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • But I rather judge it the kinder feelings of nature, which grieves that so goodly a form should be a vessel of perdition.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Four years after, you find me a Christian enthusiast; you then work upon me, perhaps to my complete perdition!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • "I'd smother Bob for you and send Lorie to perdition.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Was he concocting a final plan of death for her and of perdition for himself?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Then Sir Percivale perceived it was a fiend, the which would have brought him unto his perdition.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • As for Captain Roberts—he might have wanted to save Cox's soul from the Fires of Perdition, but he hated the man himself and didn't mind showing it.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • I felt myself surrounded by so many fiends from perdition.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Stand here, make a good show on't; this shall end without the perdition of souls.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • And in the hopeful meantime, Tom goes to perdition head foremost in his old determined spirit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Upon what he deemed the unblushing treachery of the Bellegardes Newman wasted little thought; he consigned it, once for all, to eternal perdition.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • DRUMMOND Then how in perdition do you have the gall to whoop up this holy war against something you don't knov anything about?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • MEPHISTOPHELES Yes, one of weight, with many sighs: Three hundred masses buy, to save him from perdition!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust

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