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

Other Words from infernal

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 infernal heat wave that has been broiling California set several all-time temperature records — including 116 degrees in Sacramento on Tuesday, the highest temperature ever recorded in the area. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 It’s where Los Angeles siphoned off a lot of its water on the way to becoming, well, Los Angeles; and it’s where the U.S. government built the first of those infernal internment camps, at Manzanar. Chris Vognar, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 The sky is not falling, just those infernal late-afternoon showers in South Florida. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 11 July 2022 As the two mighty warriors whose tender bromance becomes a truly infernal affair, N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan are forces of nature. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 The kitchen itself is roughly 100 square feet, barely enough space to fit the infernal oven and a station to construct pies. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2022 And so began my long-overdue quest to free myself of those infernal adapters, spurred on by Comcast’s latest round of price increases. Globe Staff,, 15 Feb. 2022 Does Slayer look forward to partying with the Evil One in the infernal inferno? Bob Larsen, SPIN, 12 Feb. 2022 Áilu faces his share of infernal spirits and eldritch horrors drawn from Sámi storytelling tradition. John Last, Wired, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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12 Sep 2022

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“Infernal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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