From Old Norse helvíti, from Hel, hel (“the goddess of the realm of the dead”) (itself from Proto-Germanic *haljō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to cover, hide, conceal”)) + víti (“punishment”). Compare Norwegian and Swedish helvete, Danish helvede, also Old English hellewīte. Hel is the equivalent of Persephone in Greek mythology.
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helvíti n (genitive singular helvítis, nominative plural helvíti)
- hell (place of punishment)