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- Causing pain, discomfort or distress.
- Synonyms: awful, horrible, infernal, nightmarish, terrible
- Antonym: heavenly
- I woke up from a hellish noise coming from the house next door.
- 1589–1592 (date written), Ch[ristopher] Mar[lowe], The Tragicall Historie of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. […], London: […] Iohn Wright, […], published 1616 (1631 reprint), OCLC 1172398895, page :
- Fauſtus is gone, regard his helliſh fall, / Whoſe fiendfull fortune may exhort the wiſe / Only to wonder at unlawfull things: […]
causing pain, discomfort or distress