Thing or idea, depending on your POV. Perdition means (depending on context, of course) either eternal damnation of the soul, or it's a synonym for hell. The Antichrist is also known as the Son of Perdition.

"Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell" - John Milton

Per*di"tion (?), n. [F., fr. L. perditio, fr. perdere, perditum, to ruin, to lose; per (cf. Skr. para away) + -dere (only in comp.) to put; akin to Gr. , E. do. See Do.]

1.

Entire loss; utter destruction; ruin; esp., the utter loss of the soul, or of final happiness in a future state; future misery or eternal death.

The mere perdition of the Turkish fleet. Shak.

If we reject the truth, we seal our own perdition. J. M. Mason.

2.

Loss of diminution.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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