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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Examples of hellfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the final blow, Scorpion unleashes his hellfire onto Sub-Zero. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2021 But for now, ecologists really want your help preventing new spreads—and that involves unleashing some hellfire fury on moss balls. Jessica Leigh Hester, Wired, 27 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, our state seems consumed by hellfire, with indications this magnitude of burning could become an annual ritual. Robert Morast, SFChronicle.com, 23 Oct. 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, 12 Mar. 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, 3 Oct. 2019 Alamo’s followers preached hellfire and a wrathful version of Pentecostalism, which is known for its spirited worship style and belief in modern-day revelation and miracles. Washington Post, 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of hellfire

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hellfire was before the 12th century

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3 May 2021

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“Hellfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellfire. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellfire

: the fire of Hell

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