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Gehenna

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noun Ge·hen·na \gi-ˈhe-nə\

Definition of Gehenna

  1. 1 :  a place or state of misery

  2. 2 :  hell 1a(2)



Examples of gehenna

  1. <the depression that has enshrouded her since the death of her husband is a Gehenna from which she may never be released>

  2. <in a fire-and-brimstone sermon, the evangelist warned those assembled that they faced the fires of Gehenna if they failed to repent>



Origin of gehenna

Late Latin, from Greek Geenna, from Hebrew Gē' Hinnōm, literally, valley of Hinnom


First Known Use: circa 1534

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