By Deane Barker

Definition: hell, damnation, ruin

It’s from the Latin root for “to throw away, to destroy.”

Why I Looked It Up

From Team of Rivals, when the Secretary of State was trying to persuade the President to take action.

perdition [is] the sure penalty of further hesitation

I also remember a 2002 movie called Road to Perdition, which is based on a series of comics. “Road to perdition” might be interpreted as “highway to hell” or “path to ruin.”

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