hell·​hole | \ ˈhel-ˌhōl How to pronounce hellhole (audio) \

Definition of hellhole

: a place of extreme misery or squalor

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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 By 1994, when Fear Street Part 1 takes place, Shadyside has been known for generations as a full-on hellhole. Judy Berman, Time, 7 July 2021 Nevermind that the world would still be a hellhole. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 17 May 2021 My parents retired to a total hellhole, not so much as a nearby playground, that requires a four-hour flight. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 Behind the interactions lies a view of a Darwinist hellhole in which human life has been so thoroughly devalued—rendered fungible by technological advances—that parents routinely sacrifice their own children for social standing. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 For Qantas, the new route will shave some three hours off the regular New York-Sydney route and eliminate the need to change planes in the hellhole that is Los Angeles International Airport. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2019 Covering the world’s wars and political hellholes, there have been many—some famous, many little-known. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2020 There is no process, writing is a nightmare, Hollywood is a hellhole, there’s no point to any of this. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2020 Alabama will be moving 600 inmates out of the hellhole that is Holman Prison and putting them ... where? J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hellhole

1850, in the meaning defined above

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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 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellhole

: a very dirty or unpleasant place


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