hell·​fire | \ ˈhel-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce hellfire (audio) \

Definition of hellfire

: the eternal fire of hell that tortures sinners

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Recent Examples on the Web Why does Biden believe that Americans have a right to own shotguns when an Auto-5 has no real chance against a hellfire missile? David Harsanyi, National Review, "Joe Biden’s Incoherent Second Amendment Rant," 10 Feb. 2020 Even the gruesome method of execution had an underlying purpose: Death at the stake gave recalcitrant heretics a taste of hellfire, offering them one final chance to recant and save their souls. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Myth of ‘Bloody Mary’," 12 Mar. 2020 Detroit Free Press After 41 years in the priesthood, Father Eduard Perrone wasn't prepared for the hellfire that tore through his parish last summer: he was accused of molesting an altar boy decades earlier, and ousted from his church. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Catholic church sued in novel lawsuit: Our priest was falsely accused," 13 Feb. 2020 There were stories about disaster preparation, consumer guides with survival gadgets, and this front-page story about religious groups’ prophecies of pestilence and hellfire. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Black and white and dread all over: Chronicle covers from almost apocalypses," 3 Oct. 2019 Then, in his first game on the job, nothing could prepare him for the marauding, apocalyptic hellfire that tore through East Lansing, Michigan. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "What Alabama’s offense needs isn’t on paper," 27 Aug. 2019 But all the exits were blocked by rubble from the aerial bombardment being carried as dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen rained down hellfire from above. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey 'wanted a better death' for Cersei," 13 May 2019 Alice traffics in spiders, poison, necrophilia, dystopian heebie-jeebies, hellfire, madness — the full spectrum of bad vibes. John Adamian, courant.com, "Shock-rock original Alice Cooper to play Foxwoods," 28 June 2019 Iceland Reason to watch: If anything, Iceland and its supporters might be the most fun group to watch in Russia with their full-on embrace of viking culture, all that smiting and raining hellfire. Matt Bonesteel, chicagotribune.com, "The U.S. is missing, so here's one reason to watch every World Cup team," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of hellfire

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hellfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellfire. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellfire

: the fire of Hell

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