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From ecclesiastical Latin gehenna, from Ancient Greek γέεννα (géenna), from Hebrew גֵּיהִנּוֹם(ge'henom, hell, literally valley of Hinnom), named after the Valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem, which was constantly filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt. Heinous deeds are also associated with this valley, as during the time when Jerusalem was ruled by non-Jews (referred to in scriptures simply as 'pagans') child sacrifice was practiced there.


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  1. In rabbinical literature and Christian and Islamic scripture, the place where the souls of the wicked go after death, where they suffer eternal damnation or annihilation.
    • Matthew 23:33
      Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of Gehenna?
  2. Hell.
  3. A place of suffering and misery.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. The valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem.
    • 1833, Selumiel, or a visit to Jerusalem, etc, page 185:
      The people obeyed his commandment, and succeeding ages followed the example, and Gehenna became the general sink of the city, and the receptacle of all its pollutions.
    • 1991, Bible Review:
      By the fifth century C.E., however, confusion about the tradition led to transference of the reputed site of Gehenna to the Kidron Valley, on the eastern side of Jerusalem.



  • (Christianity, uncountable): heaven


  • Hawaiian: kehena



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Gehenna f

  1. Gehenna (one of various hells in Abrahamic religions)


Proper noun[edit]

Gehenna f

  1. Alternative spelling of Geena