noun \ˈhā-(ˌ)dēz\

: the home of the dead in Greek mythology

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

Full Definition of HADES

:  pluto
:  the underground abode of the dead in Greek mythology
:  sheol
often not capitalized :  hell 1a

Origin of HADES

Greek Aidēs, Āidēs, Haidēs
First Known Use: 1597

Rhymes with HADES


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Greek god of the underworld. He was also known as Pluto; his Roman equivalent was Dis. Hades was the son of the Titans Rhea and Cronus and the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. His queen was Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, whom he kidnapped from earth and carried off to the underworld. Stern and pitiless, unmoved by prayer or sacrifice, he presided over the trial and punishment of the wicked after death. His name was also sometimes used to designate the dwelling place of the dead, and it later became a synonym for Hell.


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