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hellish

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adjective hell·ish \ˈhe-lish\

Simple Definition of hellish

  • : very bad, unpleasant, or shocking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hellish

  1. :  of, resembling, or befitting hell; broadly :  terrible

hellishly

adverb

hellishness

noun

Examples of hellish in a sentence

  1. We've been having hellish weather lately.

  2. The battlefield was a hellish scene of death and destruction.



Circa 1530

First Known Use of hellish

circa 1530


HELLISH Defined for Kids

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adjective hell·ish \ˈhe-lish\

Definition of hellish for Students

  1. :  extremely bad <hellish violence>




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