Definition of hellfire
: the eternal fire of hell that tortures sinners
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In the reactor, 69 control rods slid smoothly into the hellfire furnace, creating an atomic sponge to soak up the neutron bullets.
Right before 9/11 the CIA and Pentagon installed Hellfires on its Predator spy drones in hopes of taking out Al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan.
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First Known Use of hellfire
before 12th century
HELLFIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hellfire for English Language Learners
: the fire of Hell
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