in·​fer·​nal | \ in-ˈfər-nᵊl How to pronounce infernal (audio) \

Definition of infernal

1 : of or relating to a nether world of the dead
2a : of or relating to hell
3 : damnable an infernal nuisance

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infernally \ in-​ˈfər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce infernal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of infernal in a Sentence

the infernal regions of the dead Stop making that infernal racket!
Recent Examples on the Web The fate of almost everything on Earth’s surface is determined by infernal engines deep below., 23 July 2021 Adding to the allure, taxes and those infernal fees which usually jack up total cost for concert tickets are included. Matt Wake |, al, 22 July 2021 Some gear heads scorned the very idea of swapping internal combustion with infernal lithium. Dan Neil, WSJ, 5 June 2021 Why is one a temperate biological oasis while the other is an infernal pandemonium? Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 3 June 2021 Harpies, warlocks, and abyssal knights are constantly breaching the walls, and players have to muster their own infernal forces to consign the interlopers back to the pits. Luke Winkie, Wired, 1 June 2021 Now the infernal Cruella gets a movie to herself, with Emma Stone in the title role. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 28 May 2021 And all the dichotomies, all the infernal dualities—mind/body, I/you, subject/object, wanting/getting—are finally, finally resolved. James Parker, The Atlantic, 3 May 2021 There was something at once vital and infernal about that all-consuming Cartesian creation. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of infernal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infernal

Middle English, from Anglo-French enfernal, from Late Latin infernalis, from infernus hell, from Latin, lower, from inferus

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“Infernal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of infernal

literary : of or relating to hell
informal + old-fashioned : very bad or unpleasant


in·​fer·​nal | \ in-ˈfər-nᵊl How to pronounce infernal (audio) \

Kids Definition of infernal

1 : very bad or unpleasant Stop that infernal noise!
2 : of or relating to hell

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