hel·​la·​cious | \ ˌhe-ˈlā-shəs How to pronounce hellacious (audio) \

Definition of hellacious

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

Other Words from hellacious

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 On a course that was by no means easy, but certainly not hellacious, Woods beat just seven players in the field. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 President Biden will award the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest recognition for combat valor, to four U.S. Army veterans who fought through hellacious battles during the Vietnam War more than 50 years ago, White House officials said Monday. Washington Post, 27 June 2022 But as a stand-alone blockbuster that’s just trying to suck viewers’ eyeballs out of their sockets with hellacious flight photography and thunderous sound, Maverick is just what every cineplex in the country has been crying out for. David Sims, The Atlantic, 27 May 2022 This time, the Green dropped the guillotine clean on the Heat via a hellacious 24-2 run that stopped cold-shooting Miami cold, seizing control of this series with a 3-2 lead. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 When Talbot later commanded everyone in the tent to get low, everyone—including the lip-glosser—got on their haunches, then exploded upward as the band bashed out a hellacious din. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 While nobody is on par with Chamberlain as an hellacious rebounder, the versatile attack of Jokić put him in the same company as a statistical giant. Shane Young, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 Anyone starting out in stand-up comedy knows it’s a long hellacious road to making a living on stage. Travon Free, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 Adams took a hellacious shot from 49ers safety Jimmie Ward on a deep shot midway through the fourth quarter. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Hellacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellacious. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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