Hellish Hell"ish, a. Of or pertaining to hell; like hell; infernal; malignant; wicked; detestable; diabolical. ``Hellish hate.'' --Milton. -- {Hell"ish*ly}, adv. -- {Hell"ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • hellish — 1520s, from HELL (Cf. hell) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Hellishly; hellishness. Earlier in same sense were helli helly (late 12c.); hellen hellish, infernal (c.1200), with EN (Cf. en) (2); and O.E. hellic …   Etymology dictionary

  • hellish — index cruel, diabolic, heinous, loathsome, malevolent, malignant, obnoxious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • hellish — *infernal, chthonian, Hadean, Tartarean, stygian Analogous words: devilish, diabolical, *fiendish, demoniac …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hellish — [adj] fiendish; unpleasant abominable, accursed, atrocious, barbarous, cruel, damnable, damned, demonic, devilish, diabolical, horrible, infernal, monstrous, nefarious, satanic, terrible, vicious, wicked; concepts 529,570 …   New thesaurus

  • hellish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or like hell. 2) informal extremely difficult or unpleasant. ► ADVERB Brit. informal ▪ very; extremely. DERIVATIVES hellishly adverb hellishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • hellish — [hel′ish] adj. 1. of, from, or like hell 2. devilish; fiendish 3. Informal very unpleasant; detestable hellishly adv. hellishness n …   English World dictionary

  • hellish — [[t]he̱lɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (emphasis) You describe something as hellish to emphasize that it is extremely unpleasant. [INFORMAL] The atmosphere in Washington is hellish... I m sure you will remember from the hellish years of your boyhood. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • hellish — /ˈhɛlɪʃ/ (say helish) adjective 1. of, like, or befitting hell; infernal: hellish torments. 2. difficult: a hellish undertaking. 3. Colloquial horrible: the meals are hellish. 4. Colloquial wonderful;excellent. –adverb Also, hellishing. 5.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hellish — hellishly, adv. hellishness, n. /hel ish/, adj. 1. of, like, or suitable to hell; infernal; vile; horrible: It was a hellish war. 2. miserable; abominable; execrable: We had a hellish time getting through traffic. 3. devilishly bad: The child s… …   Universalium

  • Hellish — great; wonderful; excellent: a hellish time ; a hellish resort …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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