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Hades

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noun Ha·des \ˈhā-(ˌ)dēz\

Simple Definition of Hades

  • : the home of the dead in Greek mythology

  • —used as a more polite way of saying “hell”

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Hades

  1. 1 :  pluto

  2. 2 :  the underground abode of the dead in Greek mythology

  3. 3 :  sheol

  4. 4 often not capitalized :  hell 1a

Did You Know?

In Greek mythology, Hades is both the land of the dead and the god who rules there. Hades the god (who the Greeks also called Pluto) is the brother of Zeus and Poseidon, who rule the skies and the seas. The realm called Hades, where he rules with his wife Persephone, is the region under the earth, full of mineral wealth and fertility and home to dead souls. Hades today is sometimes used as a polite term for Hell ("It's hotter than Hades in here!").

Origin and Etymology of hades

Greek Aidēs, Āidēs, Haidēs


First Known Use: 1597


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