hellacious

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unclear origins; perhaps from hell +‎ -acious

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hellacious ‎(comparative more hellacious, superlative most hellacious)

  1. horrible, awful, hellish, agonizing
    • Dan Horgan; Bringing Back Boxing: A Young Journalist's Attempt to Revive the Sweet Science, pg. 86
      Because he throws so many hellacious punches, he has the chance of knocking out any fighter on any given night.
  2. nasty, repellent.
  3. (slang) Remarkable, unbelievable, unusual.

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