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

Definition of hellhole

: a place of extreme misery or squalor

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Synonyms for hellhole


dump, hole, pigpen, pigsty, shambles, sty

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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

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There are a lot of young, smart, ambitious people moving to those left-wing hellholes, for some reason. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Different Kind of ‘Right-Wing’," 25 Aug. 2019 Beto O’Rourke, the losing Texas Senate candidate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate, had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Ilhan Omar Is Completely Assimilated," 16 July 2019 Not a hellhole to be sure, and it is expected Russell will sign a four-year, $117 contract. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "5 things Warriors fans will want to know about D’Angelo Russell," 1 July 2019 Vance hates the president and wants to use solitary confinement in a hellhole with violent criminals to squeeze Manafort into testifying against the president. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Leftism Makes People Meaner," 11 June 2019 Yet, despite this doomsday Armageddon hellhole that feels like The Handmaid’s Tale come to life, there have been small victories...and those are actually big deals. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "How Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Is Quietly Fighting Trump—and Beating Him," 24 May 2019 Both Castle Rock and Wind Gap are bright, cheery little hellholes, straight out of the David Lynch dreamtown playbook. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Castle Rock and Sharp Objects are the same show with different skins," 26 July 2018 Yet when faced with the vehicle that can take her and her child, Holly, away from this hellhole, June makes a surprising decision. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 That is what drives them nuts because if that means that the United States is not the worst racist hellhole for nonwhite people, then their whole value system gets exploded. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Trump is succeeding and it's the media's nightmare," 24 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hellhole

informal : a very dirty or unpleasant place

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