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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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 That hellish planet spins just fast enough to escape lockup (so slowly that one Venus day lasts 243 Earth days). William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Billions of Exoplanets Are Suddenly Looking More Habitable," 15 Jan. 2015 The Fourth of July holiday this week may add fuel to Atlanta’s usual hellish commute. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "The best and worst times to drive on Fourth of July in Atlanta this year," 2 July 2018 Her only relief from her increasingly hellish situation are flashbacks. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Week's Grueling Handmaid's Tale Is A One-Woman Show," 27 June 2018 For Martin-Godinez, the week in detention was hellish. Lori Rozsa, chicagotribune.com, "'When will I see you, Mama?': Split at border leads to heartache for migrant family," 26 June 2018 This imagery of hellish fighting, our heroes dying all around while a lucky few manage to make it to the green pastures beyond is Biblical in the extreme. refinery29.com, "Westworld Season 2 Finale Recap: A Whole Lotta Ben Barnes," 25 June 2018 That’s because the lives of women in North Korea are hellish, waking nightmares (albeit, if Trump is to be believed, with great views of the beach). Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why North Korea Is Hell For Women," 15 June 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


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Kids Definition of hellish

: extremely bad hellish violence

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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