hell

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English helle, from Old English hel, hell, helle (nether world, abode of the dead, hell), from Proto-Germanic *haljō (nether world, concealed place), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to cover, conceal, save). Cognate Dutch hel (hell), German Hölle (hell), Swedish helvete (hell), Icelandic hel (the abode of the dead, death). Also related to the Hel of Germanic mythology. See also hele.

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Proper noun[edit]

hell

  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death
    Do Muslims believe that all non-Muslims go to hell?
  2. (Abrahamic religions, uncountable) The place where devils live and where sinners are tortured 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.

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  • (in Abrahamic religions, uncountable): heaven

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Noun[edit]

hell (plural hells)

  1. (countable, hyperbolic) A place or situation of great suffering in life.
    My new boss is making my job a hell.
    I went through hell to get home today.
    • 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.
    • 1986, Metallica, “Disposable Heroes” (song), in Master of Puppets (album): 
      Why, am I dying? / Kill, have no fear / Lie, live off lying / Hell, hell is here
  2. (countable) A place for gambling.
    • W. Black
      a convenient little gambling hell for those who had grown reckless
    • 1907, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
      [] the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; []
  3. An extremely hot place.
    You don't have a snowball's chance in hell.
  4. Used as an intensifier in phrases grammatically requiring a noun
    I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.
    What the hell is wrong with you?
    He says he's going home early? Like hell he is.
  5. (obsolete) A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hudibras to this entry?)
  6. In certain games of chase, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention.

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Interjection[edit]

hell

  1. (impolite, sometimes considered vulgar) Used to express discontent, unhappiness, or anger.
    Oh, hell! I got another parking ticket.
  2. (impolite, sometimes considered vulgar) Used to emphasize.
    Hell, yeah!

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *skōla, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kol- ‘stake’ (compare Lithuanian kuõlas, Polish kóɫ, Ancient Greek skýlos (skýlos)).

Noun[edit]

hell m

  1. skewer
  2. spear
  3. icicle

Estonian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hell

  1. tender

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Dutch hel.

Adjective[edit]

hell (comparative heller, superlative am hellsten)

  1. clear, bright, light
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Die Orgelpfeifen, in: Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun. Verlag, page 9:
      So dunkel und schauerlich die Gruft aussah, wenn man durch die blinden, bestaubten Scheibchen der kleinen Fenster hineinblickte, so hell und freundlich war oben die Kirche.
      Just as dark and eerie the crypt looked like, if one looked in it through the cloudy, dusted little panes of the small windows, as bright and friendly was the church above.

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External links[edit]

  • hell in Duden online

Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German hel. Cognate with German helle, Dutch hel.

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Adjective[edit]

hell (masculine hellen, feminine hell, neuter hellt)

  1. clear, bright
  2. light, pale

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Norwegian[edit]

Noun[edit]

hell n

  1. luck

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *haljō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (to cover, hide, conceal). Cognate with Old Frisian helle, hille, Old Saxon hel, hellia, Old Dutch hella, Old High German hella, hellia, Old Norse hel, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌻𐌾𐌰 (halja).

Compare hell, German for "light".

Noun[edit]

hell f

  1. hell

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