hell - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun [uncountable] 

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/hel/
  1. 1

    Hell

    in some religions, the place where bad people are sent to suffer for ever when they die. The place where good people are believed to go is called Heaven.
  2. 2
    a situation that is extremely unpleasant

    It’s been hell trying to keep this secret for so long.

    absolute/pure/sheer/utter hell:

    For a sensitive child this ridicule can be sheer hell.

    go through hell:

    She’s been going through hell since her husband died.

    a living hell (=a very frightening or upsetting experience):

    The past few days have been a living hell for both of us.

    put someone through hell:

    He’s put us all through hell in the last few weeks.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    3
    the hell used to forcefully emphasise a point you are making

    Leave Heidi the hell alone!

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 25/03/2016
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