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noun 
  1. (countable) A place or situation of great suffering in life.
My new boss is making my job a .
    • 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 .
      1. (countable) A place for gambling.
    • 1907, w:Joseph Conrad, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
      ... the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; ...
Translations: 
  • Dutch: hel(nl)
  • French: enfer(fr)m
  • German: Hí¶lle(de)f
  • Spanish: infierno(es)m
proper noun 
  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
  2. (Christianity, uncountable) The place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death.
May you rot in !
    • 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.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: hel(nl)
  • French: enfer(fr)m
  • German: Hí¶lle(de)f
  • Italian: inferno(it)m
  • Spanish: infierno(es)m
Etymology: (term, hel), (term, helle, , nether world, abode of the dead) <
  • (term, , khaljo, nether world, concealed place) < (PIE.)
  • (term, , kel-, to cover, conceal, save).



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