neth·​er·​world | \ ˈne-t͟hər-ˌwərld How to pronounce netherworld (audio) \

Definition of netherworld

1 : the world of the dead
2 : underworld sense 4 the netherworld of deceit … and espionage— R. M. Nixon
3 : no-man's-land sense 2 lost in a bureaucratic netherworld

Examples of netherworld in a Sentence

the shadowy netherworld of all-night raves
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First Known Use of netherworld

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Netherworld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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