See also: sodom

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Etymology edit

Partially from Old English Sodome, Sodoma, partially from Ancient Greek Σόδομα (Sódoma), from the Biblical Hebrew סְדֹם (s'dóm).

(Wadham College): Chosen for the rhyme.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɒ.dəm/
  • (US) enPR: sädʹəm, IPA(key): /ˈsɑ.dəm/
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  • Rhymes: (UK) -ɒdəm, (US) -ɑdəm
  • Hyphenation: So‧dom

Proper noun edit


  1. (biblical, Quranic) A city in the Middle East which, according to the Bible and Islamic tradition, but not specifically named in the Qur'an, was destroyed by God (along with Gomorrah) for the sins of its inhabitants.
  2. (Oxford University slang, obsolete) Wadham College, Oxford.

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Sodom (plural Sodoms)

  1. A city or place full of sin and vice.
    • 1890, Thomas De Witt Talmage, Trumpet Peals, page 92:
      Take all idea of retribution and punishment out of the hearts and minds of men, and it would not be long before Brooklyn and New York and Boston and Charleston and Chicago became Sodoms.

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References edit

  • (Wadham College): John Camden Hotten (1873) The Slang Dictionary

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