hell·​fire ˈhel-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce hellfire (audio)
: the eternal fire of hell that tortures sinners
hellfire adjective

Examples of hellfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The online opinions didn’t stop at hellfire, however. Eva Hartman, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 First, the advent of Marvin Miller’s reign of hellfire for the MLB players union delivered free agency, allowing players to serve out their initial contract, hit the market, and get the Yankees to pay you millions. Corbin Smith, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2024 Her secret sin killed her parents, forcing her to flee California in a hellfire rush and make her way to Montana as a homesteader. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Being Native, watching this movie was f---ing hellfire. EW.com, 23 Oct. 2023 While Believer performed solidly at the box office, recouping its production cost, the title drew critical hellfire from reviewers and fans, putting the franchise’s creative plan into a tailspin. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Oct. 2023 No halos here, no hellfire, few kings or queens, pretty much no suffering or death. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Hunters and marksmen scoffed; with its hellfire spray, the Sporter was blatantly unsporting. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 The content of Santana’s music was its Latin hellfire vibe, its propulsive majesty. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Hellfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellfire. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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