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

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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

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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 Strait served up his hellacious hooks in a voice as clear and strong as Jose Cuervo Silver. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "George Strait closes out Bayou County Superfest with class," 28 May 2018 And this particular stretch, covering a shade under three minutes on the game clock, was one hellacious show. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Curry’s big night was one for the books," 20 May 2018 There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. Keith Hernandez, Fox News, "'I'm Keith Hernandez' by Keith Hernandez," 16 May 2018 Adel scored all but four of his points after the break, and Darius Perry put an exclamation point on the rally with a hellacious one-handed dunk over a Northern Kentucky defender. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball turns back feisty Northern Kentucky in NIT opener," 13 Mar. 2018 The first month of the 2013-'14 season was a hellacious one for the Bucks, who opened 2-12. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Book of Giannis: A catalog of Antetokounmpo's best plays with the Milwaukee Bucks," 17 Feb. 2018 Hirano, who would win silver, lacerated his liver and tore knee ligaments in a hellacious crash last March that left him bed-ridden for a month. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's not time for Shaun White to retire, just from snowboarding," 16 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of hellacious

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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