địa ngục

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from 地獄, composed of (earth) and (prison).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

địa ngục

  1. hell (abode for the condemned)
    xuống địa ngụcto go to hell
    địa ngục trần gianhell on earth
    bị đày xuống 18 tầng địa ngụcto be exiled to the 18 levels in hell [and suffer all sorts of torment for eternity]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although this word corresponds quite nicely to the concept of "hell" (as in Abrahamic religions), in certain situations, a Vietnamese speaker would rather use instead âm phủ in place where an English speaker would say hell.

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