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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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 The tenderness of the central section (lovely solo clarinet playing from Stephen Williamson) stood in welcome relief against the surrounding symphonic hellfire-and-brimstone. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Muti, CSO draw convincing contrasts in music of Debussy and Tchaikovsky," 20 Apr. 2018 Graham, a hellfire evangelist and a social conservative force, has taken over the reins in many ways for his father, Rev. Billy Graham, the legendary evangelist who was a preacher to 12 presidents before his death Wednesday at the age of 99. Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY, "How Franklin Graham took the reins from his legendary father and created his own path," 21 Feb. 2018 In the Prince George’s jail, investigators’ office walls are lined with confiscated MS-13 drawings of women in clown paint, skulls wearing fedoras and demons dancing in hellfire. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "‘Vying for control’: How MS-13 uses violence and extortion in America’s jails," 4 Feb. 2018 In the Prince George's jail, investigators' office walls are lined with confiscated MS-13 drawings of women in clown paint, skulls wearing fedoras and demons dancing in hellfire. Michael E. Miller, Houston Chronicle, "'Vying for control': How MS-13 uses violence and extortion in America's jails," 4 Feb. 2018 The selection ranges from mild to hellfire and often includes sauces with unique ingredients like pumpkin and peaches. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "17 subscription boxes that make great last-minute gifts for everyone on your list," 21 Dec. 2017 There are pill bottles on the car floor (Peep was nothing if not honest), a red light bathroom hookup, a giant hot dog, self-immolation, hellfire and a happy ending. John Norris, Billboard, "R.I.P. Lil Peep: 7 Standout Tracks From the Rapper/Singer," 16 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of hellfire

: the fire of Hell

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