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Sodoma(sŏd`ōmə), in the Bible, the principal of the Cities of the Plain (the others being Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar, which was spared) destroyed by fire from heaven because of their wickedness. Some authorities have argued that they were located near the S portion of the Dead Sea, and the ruins at Bab edh-Dhra and Numeira have been identified by some with Sodom and Gomorrah, respectively. Others identify the Plain, kikkar in Hebrew, with the round area of the Jordan valley north of the Dead Sea.
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Old Testament a city destroyed by God for its wickedness that, with Gomorrah, traditionally typifies depravity (Genesis 19:24)
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