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UK C19. From Abaddon, 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).


abaddon ‎(plural abaddons)

  1. (archaic, British slang) An informer; a criminal who informs on other criminals to the authorities.
    • c. 1839, Report of the Trial of the Great Gold Dust Robbery:
      The prisoner, Money Moses, better known among thieves and fences as Moses the abaddon, has been, to my knowledge, for the last twenty years a receiver and dealer in stolen property.



  • Barrère, Albert; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1889) A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 1, page 2
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues[1], volume 1, page 3