(1)   Noisy and unrestrained mischief
"Raising blazes"
(2)   Violent and excited activity
"They began to fight like sin"
(3)   (religion) the world of the dead
"He didn't want to go to hell when he died"
(4)   (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"
(5)   A cause of difficulty and suffering
"War is hell"
"Go to blazes"
(6)   Any place of pain and turmoil
"The hell of battle"
"The inferno of the engine room"
"When you're alone Christmas is the pits";


, < < . Cognate with the "Hel" of Germanic mythology.

Proper noun

  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
  2. The place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death.
    May you rot in hell!
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
      Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke.


Hades, heck, infernal region, inferno, netherworld, underworld


  1. A place or situation of great suffering in life.
    My new boss is making my job a hell.
    • 1879, General William T. Sherman, commencement address at the Michigan Military Academy
      There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
  2. A place for gambling.
    • 1907, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
      ... the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; ...
  3. An extremely hot place.
    You don't have a snowball's chance in hell.
  4. I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.
    What the hell is wrong with you?
    He says he's going home early? Like hell he is.


  1. Used to express negative discontent.
    Oh, hell! I got another parking ticket.
  2. Used to emphasize.
    Hell, yeah!