hell·​scape | \ ˈhel-ˌskāp How to pronounce hellscape (audio) \
plural hellscapes

Definition of hellscape

: a hellish landscape : a harshly unpleasant place or environment I blame growing up in Southern California—this did not prepare me for real winter, much less the frigid hellscape that is New York in January.— Aliza Arbabanel Meanwhile, it's heartbreaking to see Route 33, once called out by Jalopnik as "America's greatest driving road," reduced to this horrifying hellscape. And, of course, to think about all the nearby people and animals and communities being inundated with fire and smoke.— Andrew P. Collins

First Known Use of hellscape

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Hellscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellscape. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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