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NOUN (6)

1. any place of pain and turmoil;
- Example: "the hell of battle"
- Example: "the inferno of the engine room"
- Example: "when you're alone Christmas is the pits";
[syn: hell, hell on earth, hellhole, snake pit, the pits, inferno]

2. a cause of difficulty and suffering;
- Example: "war is hell"
- Example: "go to blazes"
[syn: hell, blaze]

3. (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment;
- Example: "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton
- Example: "a demon from the depths of the pit"
- Example: "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson
[syn: Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, pit]

4. (religion) the world of the dead;
- Example: "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis
[syn: Hell, Hades, infernal region, netherworld, Scheol, underworld]

5. violent and excited activity;
- Example: "they began to fight like sin"
[syn: sin, hell]

6. noisy and unrestrained mischief;
- Example: "raising blazes"
[syn: hell, blaze]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hell \Hell\, v. t. To overwhelm. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hell \Hell\, n. [AS. hell; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G. h["o]lle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede, Goth. halja, and to AS. helan to conceal. ???. Cf. Hele, v. t., Conceal, Cell, Helmet, Hole, Occult.] [1913 Webster] 1. The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave; -- called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks hades. [1913 Webster] He descended into hell. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster] Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell. --Ps. xvi. 10. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] It is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A place where outcast persons or things are gathered; as: (a) A dungeon or prison; also, in certain running games, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention. (b) A gambling house. "A convenient little gambling hell for those who had grown reckless." --W. Black. (c) A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster] Gates of hell. (Script.) See Gate, n., 4. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hell n 1: any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits"; [syn: hell, hell on earth, hellhole, snake pit, the pits, inferno] 2: a cause of difficulty and suffering; "war is hell"; "go to blazes" [syn: hell, blaze] 3: (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson [syn: Hell, perdition, Inferno, infernal region, nether region, pit] [ant: Heaven] 4: (religion) the world of the dead; "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis [syn: Hell, Hades, infernal region, netherworld, Scheol, underworld] 5: violent and excited activity; "they began to fight like sin" [syn: sin, hell] 6: noisy and unrestrained mischief; "raising blazes" [syn: hell, blaze]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

101 Moby Thesaurus words for "hell": Abaddon, Acheron, Babel, Dis, Erebus, Gehenna, Hades, Pandemonium, Sheol, Styx, Tartarus, Tophet, Torrid Zone, abyss, affliction, agony, anguish, bedlam, betting house, betting parlor, blazes, bottomless pit, bowels, cacophony, cage, casino, castigation, censure, chaos, clawing, confusion of tongues, coop, crib, criticism, cruciation, crucifixion, deep space, deeps, depths, enclosure, equator, flat, furnace, gambling den, gambling hall, gambling hell, gambling house, gaming house, gaping depths, hades, hell upon earth, holocaust, horror, infernal pit, infernal regions, inferno, joint, laceration, lancination, limbo, lower world, martyrdom, misery, nether world, netherworld, nightmare, noise, ordeal, outer space, oven, pain, pandemonium, passion, pen, penfold, perdition, persecution, pinfold, pit, place of confinement, poolroom, pound, purgatory, rack, racket, reprimand, scolding, sporting house, static, steam bath, subtropics, suffering, torment, torture, trial, tropics, underworld, unfathomed deeps, unknown depths, upbraiding, wassail
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Hell derived from the Saxon helan, to cover; hence the covered or the invisible place. In Scripture there are three words so rendered: (1.) Sheol, occurring in the Old Testament sixty-five times. This word sheol is derived from a root-word meaning "to ask," "demand;" hence insatiableness (Prov. 30:15, 16). It is rendered "grave" thirty-one times (Gen. 37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31; 1 Sam. 2:6, etc.). The Revisers have retained this rendering in the historical books with the original word in the margin, while in the poetical books they have reversed this rule. In thirty-one cases in the Authorized Version this word is rendered "hell," the place of disembodied spirits. The inhabitants of sheol are "the congregation of the dead" (Prov. 21:16). It is (a) the abode of the wicked (Num. 16:33; Job 24:19; Ps. 9:17; 31:17, etc.); (b) of the good (Ps. 16:10; 30:3; 49:15; 86:13, etc.). Sheol is described as deep (Job 11:8), dark (10:21, 22), with bars (17:16). The dead "go down" to it (Num. 16:30, 33; Ezek. 31:15, 16, 17). (2.) The Greek word hades of the New Testament has the same scope of signification as sheol of the Old Testament. It is a prison (1 Pet. 3:19), with gates and bars and locks (Matt. 16:18; Rev. 1:18), and it is downward (Matt. 11:23; Luke 10:15). The righteous and the wicked are separated. The blessed dead are in that part of hades called paradise (Luke 23:43). They are also said to be in Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22). (3.) Gehenna, in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament, designates the place of the lost (Matt. 23:33). The fearful nature of their condition there is described in various figurative expressions (Matt. 8:12; 13:42; 22:13; 25:30; Luke 16:24, etc.). (See HINNOM.)