hell - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1


    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
    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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