adjective Etymology: hell + -acious (as in audacious) Date: 1929 1. exceptionally powerful or violent 2. remarkably good 3. extremely difficult 4. extraordinarily large • hellaciously adverb

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  • hellacious — 1930s, college slang, from HELL (Cf. hell) + fanciful ending (Cf. BODACIOUS (Cf. bodacious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hellacious — ☆ hellacious [he lā′shəs ] adj. [prob. fanciful formation from HELL OF A (see HELL) + ACIOUS] Slang very great, bad, unbearable, etc …   English World dictionary

  • hellacious — [hel”ejas] 1. mod. wild; excellent. (Use caution with hell.) □ What a hellacious good time we had! □ Sally throws one hellacious party. 2. mod. terrible. □ The food was just hellacious. Yuck! □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hellacious — /he lay sheuhs/, adj. Slang. 1. remarkable; astonishing: They re raising a hellacious amount of money in taxes. 2. formidably difficult: We had a hellacious time getting here in the blizzard. Also, hellaceous. [HELL + acious (extracted from… …   Universalium

  • hellacious — Badass, wicked. That was a hellacious explosion …   Dictionary of american slang

  • hellacious — Badass, wicked. That was a hellacious explosion …   Dictionary of american slang

  • hellacious — adj American a. appalling, awful, horrifying. A hyperbolic term mainly used and presumably coined by educated speakers, this is an invented elaboration of hellish . ► Well, we made it but we had a truly hel lacious flight. (US visitor to the UK,… …   Contemporary slang

  • hellacious — hel•la•cious [[t]hɛˈleɪ ʃəs[/t]] adj. Slang. 1) cvb sts remarkable; outstanding 2) cvb sts formidable, as in severity or difficulty: a hellacious thunderstorm[/ex] • Etymology: 1925–30, amer.; hell+ acious (extracted from audacious, etc.) …   From formal English to slang

  • hellacious — adjective a) nasty, repellent b) remarkable, unbelievable, unusual See Also: hellaciously …   Wiktionary

  • hellacious — hell|a|cious [ he leıʃəs ] adjective AMERICAN INFORMAL extremely good, bad, or impressive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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