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Meaning of hell by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. Alternative spelling of hell. Place of suffering for sinners .
    2. Any of various towns so named .


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/01/19 23:06 UTC Version )


    Contraction of he ( wi )ll and he shall


    • Homophone: heal, heel, hill ( in some accents )



    1. he will
    2. he shall

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Explanation of hell by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. noisy and unrestrained mischief

    2. violent and excited activity

    3. the world of the dead

    4. the abode of Satan and the forces of evil

    5. Hell is paved with good intentions-Dr. Johnson
    6. a cause of difficulty and suffering

    7. war is hell
    8. any place of pain and turmoil

    9. the hell of battle

    Definition of hell by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hell n. [AS. hell; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G. hölle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede, Goth. halja, and to AS. helan to conceal. Cf. Hele, v. t., Conceal, Cell, Helmet, Hole, Occult.]

      1. The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave; -- called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks hades.

      He descended into hell. Book of Common Prayer.

      Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell. Ps. xvi. 10.

      2. The place or state of punishment for the wicked after death; the abode of evil spirits. Hence, any mental torment; anguish. “Within him hell.” Milton.

      It is a knell

      That summons thee to heaven or to hell. Shak.

      3. A place where outcast persons or things are gathered; as: A dungeon or prison; also, in certain running games, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention. A gambling house. “A convenient little gambling hell for those who had grown reckless.” W. Black. A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type. Hudibras.

      Gates of hell. ( Script. ) See Gate, n., 4.

    2. Hell, v. t. To overwhelm. [Obs.] Spenser.