hell·​ish | \ ˈhe-lish How to pronounce hellish (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This goes without saying, but dating as a millennial can be a hellish experience. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 12 Sep. 2021 Their name may have hellish connotation, but the Speed Demons got their start in church. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2021 There is no humiliation greater than being eclipsed by a rival content creator; for 90 minutes, we are trapped in a hellish alternate dimension where a local senior-prom election can trend nationally. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Now, a hellish summer of extreme fire activity, drought and heat are again pushing some species to the brink of oblivion. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2021 That bleak scenario goes hand in hand with another science-fiction flourish -- a device that allows people to recover and vividly relive old memories, offering a comforting glimpse of better times to those experiencing this hellish vision. Brian Lowry, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Breaks for water were crucial during these hellish practice days, but one shining memory stands out: the watermelon. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 While the weather had been challenging on my first two visits, this qualified as hellish nonsense. Heidi Julavit, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 The first few days of lockdown were hellish: her job was more demanding than ever, and her two children were bouncing off the walls. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2021

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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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“Hellish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellish. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hellish

: very bad, unpleasant, or shocking


hell·​ish | \ ˈhe-lish How to pronounce hellish (audio) \

Kids Definition of hellish

: extremely bad hellish violence


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