hell·​hole ˈhel-ˌhōl How to pronounce hellhole (audio)
: a place of extreme misery or squalor

Examples of hellhole in a Sentence

The factory is a hellhole. his first apartment was a hellhole in an unsafe neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web To hear Todd Johnson tell it, Waldo is a barbaric hellhole, a lawless territory where criminals pillage with near impunity. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 8 May 2024 As my Times colleague Julia Wick reported this week, conservatives — long convinced that the city by the Bay is a progressive hellhole of homelessness, unchecked crime and drug addiction — are holding their collective noses to cheer for the 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 The Arkansas plantation house in which generations of the family have lived, in eyeshot of the cemetery where generations of their slaves are buried, is now a hellhole in spirit and fact. Jesse Green, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 Nobody wants concerts to turn into airport-security hellholes with body-cavity searches. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2023 For one thing, New York run amok is the template for the current hysteria, a kind of wish in some quarters, that posits America’s cities as unspeakable hellholes. Thomas Beller, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 But the laundry room in my reality is a hellhole. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2021 Attica was a hellhole, even for a prison. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 Eric Holl with Real Reform Louisiana, which opposed the changes, noted that Pennsylvania, represented by its Supreme Court and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, ranks first on the hellhole list while also having relatively low auto insurance rates. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, 10 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hellhole was in 1850

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“Hellhole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellhole. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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