Infernal stone
Infernal In*fer"nal, a. [F. infernal, L. infernalis, fr. infernus that which lies beneath, the lower. See {Inferior}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to or suitable for the lower regions, inhabited, according to the ancients, by the dead; pertaining to Pluto's realm of the dead, the Tartarus of the ancients. [1913 Webster]

The Elysian fields, the infernal monarchy. --Garth. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to, resembling, or inhabiting, hell; suitable for hell, or to the character of the inhabitants of hell; hellish; diabolical; as, infernal spirits, or conduct. [1913 Webster]

The instruments or abettors in such infernal dealings. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{Infernal machine}, a machine or apparatus maliciously designed to explode, and destroy life or property.

{Infernal stone} ({lapis infernalis}), lunar caustic; formerly so called. The name was also applied to caustic potash.

Syn: Tartarean; Stygian; hellish; devilish; diabolical; satanic; fiendish; malicious. [1913 Webster]


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