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HELL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Hell mean? 

HELL (noun)
  The noun HELL has 6 senses:

1. any place of pain and turmoil
2. a cause of difficulty and suffering
3. (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment
4. (religion) the world of the dead
5. violent and excited activity
6. noisy and unrestrained mischief

  Familiarity information: HELL used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HELL (noun)


Sense 1hell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any place of pain and turmoil

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

snake pit; inferno; hellhole; hell on earth; hell; the pits

Context examples:

the hell of battle / the inferno of the engine room / when you're alone Christmas is the pits

Hypernyms ("hell" is a kind of...):

part; region (the extended spatial location of something)


Sense 2hell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cause of difficulty and suffering

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

blaze; hell

Context examples:

war is hell / go to blazes

Hypernyms ("hell" is a kind of...):

trouble (an event causing distress or pain)


Sense 3Hell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

perdition; nether region; infernal region; Inferno; Hell; pit

Context examples:

Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell / a demon from the depths of the pit

Hypernyms ("Hell" is a kind of...):

fictitious place; imaginary place; mythical place (a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings)

Domain category:

Christian religion; Christianity (a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Hell"):

Gehenna; Tartarus (a place where the wicked are punished after death)

hellfire; red region (a place of eternal fire envisaged as punishment for the damned)

Antonym:

Heaven (the abode of God and the angels)


Sense 4Hell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(religion) the world of the dead

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

netherworld; Scheol; underworld; infernal region; Hades; Hel; Hell

Context example:

he didn't want to go to hell when he died

Hypernyms ("Hell" is a kind of...):

fictitious place; imaginary place; mythical place (a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings)

Meronyms (parts of "Hell"):

River Styx; Styx ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls)

Lethe; River Lethe ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive)

Cocytus; River Cocytus ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades that was said to be a tributary of the Acheron)

Acheron; River Acheron ((Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)


Sense 5hell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Violent and excited activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

hell; sin

Context example:

they began to fight like sin

Hypernyms ("hell" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 6hell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Noisy and unrestrained mischief

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

blaze; hell

Context example:

raising blazes

Hypernyms ("hell" is a kind of...):

devilment; devilry; deviltry; mischief; mischief-making; mischievousness; rascality; roguery; roguishness; shenanigan (reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others)


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