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.

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An excessive-heat warning was even in effect in typically hellish Death Valley, California, where a high of 120 degrees was forecast for Wednesday. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "120 degrees in the shade?! Record-breaking, 'dangerous' heat wave bakes western U.S.," 10 June 2019 Facebook, which acquired Instagram in 2012, has had a hellish two years. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on winning the Stories war," 2 Aug. 2018 From a hellish one-time videographer gig to a questionable stint as a ticket scalper, three women share their side hustle horror stories. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019 On the final morning of a hellish, 10-day trip, pitcher Clayton Kershaw left the Dodgers on Sunday to travel to Los Angeles after complaining of discomfort in his prized left arm. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers dealt another blow as Clayton Kershaw lands on disabled list," 7 May 2018 Motion sickness Going places should be fun, not hellish. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Vomiting Causes to Consider Next Time You’re Really Sick," 18 Jan. 2019 That can be lovely, but give it a day and that winter wonderland quickly transforms into a hellish landscape of dingy gray slush puddles and cramped sidewalks, packed with unhappy commuters. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Consider: A Heeled Snow Boot to Stay High and Dry All Winter," 14 Jan. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce hellish (audio) \

Kids Definition of hellish

: extremely bad hellish violence

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