hell
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English helan to conceal, Old High German helan, Latin celare, Greek kalyptein Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) a nether world in which the dead continue to exist ; Hades (2) the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which the damned suffer everlasting punishment — often used in curses <
go to hell
>
or as a generalized term of abuse <
the hell with it
>
b. Christian Science error 2b, sin 2. a. a place or state of misery, torment, or wickedness <
war is hell — W. T. Sherman
>
b. a place or state of turmoil or destruction <
all hell broke loose
>
c. a severe scolding; also flak, grief <
gave me hell for coming in late
>
d. unrestrained fun or sportiveness <
the kids were full of hell
>
— often used in the phrase for the hell of it especially to suggest action on impulse or without a serious motive <
decided to go for the hell of it
>
e. an extremely unpleasant and often inescapable situation <
rush-hour hell
>
3. archaic a tailor's receptacle 4. — used as an interjection <
hell, I don't know!
>
or as an intensive <
hurts like hell
>
<
funny as hell
>
— often used in the phrase hell of a <
it was one hell of a good fight
>
or hell out of <
scared the hell out of him
>
or with the or in <
moved way the hell up north
>
<
what in hell is wrong, now?
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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