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English

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  • (Christianity, place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death): Hell

Pronunciation

Etymology

Old English hel, helle (nether world, abode of the dead) < Proto-Germanic *khaljo (nether world, concealed place) < Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to cover, conceal, save). Cognate with the "Hel" of Germanic mythology.

Proper noun

Singular
hell

Plural
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hell

  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
  2. (Christianity, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death.
    May you rot in hell!
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
      Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke.

Antonyms

  • (Christianity, uncountable, place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death): Heaven

Translations

Related terms

Noun

Singular
hell

Plural
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  1. (countable) A place or situation of great suffering in life.
    My new boss is making my job a hell.
    • 1879, General William T. Sherman, commencement address at the Michigan Military Academy
      There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
  2. (countable) A place for gambling.
    ... the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; ...

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Interjection

hell

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Used to express negative discontent.
    Oh, hell! I got another parking ticket.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Used to emphasize.
    Hell, yeah!

See also


Albanian

Noun

hell m.

  1. skewer
  2. icicle

Estonian

Adjective

hell

  1. tender

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

hell (comparative heller, superlative hellest)[[Category:Template:lang:de adjectives|hell]]

  1. clear, bright, light

Old English

Etymology

Proto-Germanic *haljo

Compare to halo, an effect of light, and hell, German for "light".

Noun

hell f.

  1. hell

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