Moby-Dick: Perdition


  1. the utter loss of the soul, or of final happiness in a future state
  2. future misery or eternal death
  3. entire loss
  4. utter destruction
  5. Complete ruin

The word perdition appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 10 > Sentence 7:

Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition!

Chapter 36 > Paragraph 32 > Sentence 2:

Aye, aye," he shouted with a terrific, loud, animal sob, like that of a heart-stricken moose; "Aye, aye! it was that accursed white whale that razeed me; made a poor pegging lubber of me for ever and a day!" 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.

Chapter 71 > Paragraph 8 > Sentence 8:

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.

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