hell

noun
1 place bad people are said to go to when they die
ADJECTIVE
eternal
VERB + HELL
go to

He was terrified of going to hell when he died.

HELL + NOUN
fire (usually hellfire)
PREPOSITION
in hell

tormented souls in hell

PHRASES
the fires of hell, the flames of hell

Lava poured out of the volcano, glowing like the fires of hell.

2 very unpleasant place/situation
ADJECTIVE
absolute, pure, sheer, total (esp. AmE), utter

It was sheer hell having to sit through hours of boring lectures!

living

The last few weeks have been a living hell for the refugees.

personal, private

She'd been going through her own personal hell over the last month.

suburban, urban
VERB + HELL
endure, go through

She's been going through hell with that bad tooth.

give sb, make sb's life

Her boss is making her life hell.

escape

I'm never going to escape this hell.

PREPOSITION
in hell

‘We're living in hell!’ said one of the refugees.

PHRASES
the … from hell

She's the girlfriend from hell—I don't know know why he puts up with her.

hell on earth

For someone who doesn't like heat, Florida would be hell on earth.


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  • hell — hell …   Kölsch Dialekt Lexikon

  • hell — hell …   The Old English to English

  • hell — hell …   English to the Old English

  • hell — like, adj. /hel/, n. 1. the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus. 2. any place or state of torment or misery: They made their father s life a hell on earth. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Hell — • Hell (infernus) in theological usage is a place of punishment after death Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. hell     Hell     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Hell — steht für leuchtstark, siehe Helligkeit farbstark, siehe Farbhelligkeit pastellfarben Hell steht für: Orte: Hell (Kalifornien) Hell (Michigan) Hell (Norwegen) Hell (Gelderland) Filme: Hell (2011), deutscher Spielfilm von Tim Fehlbaum Hell –… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hell — (hĕl) n. 1. Christianity a) often Hell The place of eternal punishment for the wicked after death, often imagined as being presided over by Satan and his devils. b) A state of separation from God; exclusion from God s presence. 2. The abode of… …   Word Histories

  • hell — ► NOUN 1) a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth to which the wicked are sent after death. 2) a state or place of great suffering. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • hell — See: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, GO THROUGH HELL AND HIGH WATER, HELL ON WHEELS, LIKE HELL, TO HELL WITH, UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hell — [hel] n. [ME helle < OE hel (akin to Ger hölle, hell & ON Hel, the underworld goddess, HEL) < base of helan, to cover, hide < IE base * k̑el , to hide, cover up > L celare, to hide] 1. [often H ] Bible the place where the spirits of… …   English World dictionary

  • hell — hell; hell·ben·der; hell·flö·te; hell·gram·mite; hell·ward; in·hell; rake·hell·ish; hell·ish; rake·hell; hell·gra·mite; hell·ish·ly; hell·ish·ness; …   English syllables


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