- 1a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death
- 2a state or place of great suffering; an unbearable experience
Using hell: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hell" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I feel like I'm going through hell right now.
He's going to catch hell from his boss for missing the deadline.
She's been through hell and back with her illness.
I wouldn't wish that kind of hell on anyone.
hell Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using hell
I'll go bungee jumping when hell freezes over!
He has a snowball's chance in hell of winning the election.
When the referee made a bad call, all hell broke loose on the soccer field.
Phrases with hell
The protesters were raising hell outside the courthouse.
I promised my friend I would be at her wedding, come hell or high water.
His coach gave him hell for missing the game-winning shot.
Origins of hell
from Old English 'hel', related to German 'Hölle'
Summary: hell in Brief
The term 'hell' [hel] refers to a place of spiritual evil and suffering in various religions, as well as a state or place of great suffering. It is often used metaphorically to describe unbearable experiences, such as 'She's been through hell and back with her illness.' 'Hell' also appears in idioms like 'raise hell,' meaning to cause trouble, and 'when hell freezes over,' meaning never.