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 infernally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of infernal in a Sentence

the infernal regions of the dead Stop making that infernal racket!

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Kurtz lives in an infernal empire of rotting corpses and severed heads. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Greatest War Movie Ever Made," 10 Aug. 2019 Forest credits his team’s success, in part, to the development of samarium cobalt magnets, which maintain a strong field and can withstand infernal temperatures. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind," 29 July 2019 And her face at the climax, the play of emotions as the plot machinery reaches its inevitable terminus, rivals the Satanists’ glorying at the infernal infant at the end of Rosemary’s Baby as the most sinister possible expression of delight. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 In his large illustration, engraver Johann Alexander Boener tried to capture the manic scene: bombs bursting in air, fire wheels spinning, infernal imps dancing around the mouth of the underworld. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering when emperors planned their own extravagant fireworks displays," 3 July 2019 Sheeran’s infernal hit-making knack produces American Idol dreck indistinguishable from Adam Levine’s for The Voice. Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019 With all other options exhausted, the Smithereens crew finally decides to bring in Billy, who’s allegedly attempting a 10-day silent retreat somewhere called Furnace Valley, UT that looks as infernal as its name. Ariana Romero,, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019 The vast majority of racers to enter cycling’s most infernal race have never made it to the finish line. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Paris-Roubaix: How ‘Hell’ Became More Chill," 12 Apr. 2019 The opera’s centerpiece is an infernal chorus adapted from Mr. Ruzicka’s 2001 opera about Paul Celan, the Eastern European Jew and Holocaust survivor who is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest German-language poets. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018

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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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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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