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The meaning "big fire" came as a figurative use from the traditional idea of hellfire,
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)nəʊ
inferno (plural infernos)
- Hell-like place or situation.
- A large fire, a conflagration (Wikipedia)
2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, Internal Combustion:
- Blast after blast, fiery outbreak after fiery outbreak, like a flaming barrage from within, […] most of Edison's grounds soon became an inferno. As though on an incendiary rampage, the fires systematically devoured the contents of Edison's headquarters and facilities.
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- inferno in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- inferno at OneLook Dictionary Search
From Italian inferno (“hell”), from Latin infernus (“of the lower regions”), inferna (“the lower regions”); see infernal. The meaning "big fire" came as a figurative use from the traditional idea of hellfire.
Latin infernum or infernus, meaning "hell", "underworld" (lit. beneath).
inferno m (plural inferni)
- dative masculine singular of
- dative neuter singular of
- ablative masculine singular of
- ablative neuter singular of
- (Portugal) IPA(key): /ĩ.ˈfɛɾ.nu/
- (Brazil) IPA(key): /ĩ.ˈfɛɾ.nʊ/, /ĩ.ˈfɛʁ.nʊ/
- (Carioca) IPA(key): /ĩ.ˈfɛχ.nʊ/
- (Caipira) IPA(key): /ĩ.ˈfɛɹ.nʊ/
- (South Brazil) IPA(key): /ĩ.ˈfɛɾ.no/, /ĩ.ˈfɛɻ.no/
- Hyphenation: in‧fer‧no
inferno m (plural inferno)
- hell (where sinners go)
- an inferno; an extremely dangerous, chaotic and generally overwhelming situation.
- Swedes would associate inferno with Dante but also with August Strindberg