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Definition of hellacious

1 : exceptionally powerful or violent
2 : remarkably good
3 : extremely difficult
4 : extraordinarily large

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hellaciously adverb

Examples of hellacious in a Sentence

Traffic is hellacious this time of day. the hellacious heat was more than we could bear
Recent Examples on the Web Their defense was hellacious, especially in the early going, scoring the first touchdown of the game. BostonGlobe.com, "Twenty-seven thoughts on the Patriots’ 27-13 victory over the Browns …," 28 Oct. 2019 The Spectre x360 is verified to be Intel's Project Athena standard, which (among other things) means some hellacious battery life. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "HP’s Spectre X360 13” laptop offers Ice Lake, Project Athena, and more," 30 Sep. 2019 Pat Fitzgerald is a respectable 4-5 against the Badgers but 1-4 in Madison with some hellacious losses (41-9, 70-23 and 35-6). Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "What’s up with the slow starts? 4 takeaways as Northwestern preps for (gulp) a showdown at Wisconsin," 22 Sep. 2019 Translation: after my hellacious biopsy, the abnormal cells had to be removed via cervical ablation, which involves lasering the abnormal cells off of the cervix. Gigi Engle, Glamour, "The Trauma of My Cervical Biopsy," 10 Sep. 2019 The condition can make for a hellacious existence, even though during our recent two-hour phone conversation Hawkins was warm, generous and jovial. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Swampers drum legend’s hot beats and cold winter," 7 Aug. 2019 There are stabbings, electrocutions and one hellacious fall out a window in the first movie, but that’s, well, child’s play compared to what Hamill’s Chucky unleashes. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Who's scarier in 'Child's Play': The original Chucky or Mark Hamill's devil doll?," 20 June 2019 Even just buying a home, no reno needed, can be hellacious. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This House-Flipping Startup Eliminates The Most Stressful Part Of Buying A Home," 21 Sep. 2018 During that hellacious stretch, Ye also executive-produced Nas' new album, Nasir. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Is Chance the Rapper Working on a Seven-Track Album With Kanye West?," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of hellacious

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hellacious

hell + -acious (as in audacious)

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The first known use of hellacious was in 1929

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“Hellacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellacious. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellacious

chiefly US, informal : very difficult, large, or powerful

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