hell·​ish | \ ˈhe-lish \

Definition of hellish

: of, resembling, or befitting hell broadly : terrible

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Other Words from hellish

hellishly adverb
hellishness noun

Examples of hellish in a Sentence

We've been having hellish weather lately. The battlefield was a hellish scene of death and destruction.

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The video crawls through early meetings and into the day’s events, which largely focus on what happened inside TanaCon, rather than outside, where fans were trapped in hellish lines for hours. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "TanaCon ‘documentary’ offers a clumsy behind-the-scenes look at what went wrong," 6 Nov. 2018 Stan Wawrinka gets a hellish tangle with Grigor Dimitrov in the first round. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Fun Anarchy at the 2018 U.S. Open," 26 Aug. 2018 Ordinarily, my favorite unlined bra for the warmer months would be hard to choose, but after a particularly hellish summer here in Manhattan, my Gossard Glossies has emerged as the clear frontrunner. Cora Harrington, Allure, "Ask a Lingerie Expert: What Is the Best Bra for Staying Cool on Hot, Sweaty Days?," 4 Sep. 2018 Migraines can be absolutely hellish, as anyone who has ever had one knows. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Myths People With Migraines Wish You’d Stop Believing," 23 Oct. 2018 The film follows paranormal researcher Masafumi Kobayashi, who embarks on a hellish odyssey while investigating an odd woman, her mysterious son, and some strange deaths. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 Though Venus' surface has gone hellish hothouse, the environment a few dozen miles high in the skies is pretty benign, Grinspoon and others have stressed. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought," 16 Apr. 2018 Eventually though, Earth will resemble Venus today--a hellish world of extreme high temperatures where nothing can survive. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Happen in the Next 100 Trillion Years?," 12 Aug. 2017 Those who survived the ordeal described hellish conditions, saying they were reduced to crying and pleading for water due to the stifling heat. Fox News, "Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hellish

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hellish was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of hellish

: very bad, unpleasant, or shocking


hell·​ish | \ ˈhe-lish \

Kids Definition of hellish

: extremely bad hellish violence

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