Abaddon

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Late Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀβαδδών (Abaddṓn, Abaddon), from Hebrew אבדון ābaddōn, destruction, abyss, from אבד (ābad, to be lost, to perish).[1][2]

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Abaddon (plural Abaddons)

  1. The destroyer, or angel of the bottomless pit; Apollyon; Asmodeus. [First attested from 1350 to 1470][3]
  2. (poetic) Hell; the bottomless pit; a place of destruction. [Late 17th century.][3]
    • John Milton:
      In all her gates, Abaddon rues Thy bold attempt.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Christine A. Lindberg (editor), The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition (Spark Publishing, 2007 [2002], ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4), page 1
  2. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2