neth·​er·​world ˈne-t͟hər-ˌwərld How to pronounce netherworld (audio)
: the world of the dead
: underworld sense 4
the netherworld of deceit … and espionageR. M. Nixon
: no-man's-land sense 2
lost in a bureaucratic netherworld

Examples of netherworld in a Sentence

the shadowy netherworld of all-night raves
Recent Examples on the Web The situation has reached a strange netherworld of off-the-record confirmations and denials where one set of sources says one thing and another says the opposite, and most likely no one is telling the whole truth. Jem Aswad Variety Entertainment News Service, al, 23 Aug. 2023 But Munch was a revolutionary Modernist in his portrayals of the Norwegian landscape, a shimmering netherworld of dramatic mountains, fjords, and surreal light. Globe Staff,, 9 Aug. 2023 The current team is in a netherworld, still with Donald to lead the way on defense but overall with far less of an upside. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Centered largely around the Lambert family, the films tell the tale of a father and son with a talent for astral projecting that lands them in a netherworld called the Further, bursting with spirits looking for a way back into the real world. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2023 All of them, whether fictional or factual, employed the identical device of a writer going undercover to discover and expose the bigoted netherworld of white Christian America. Samuel G. Freedman, The Atlantic, 10 July 2023 There aren’t many vessels that can descend nearly a mile into the deadly netherworld of the deep sea. Michael Peck, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2023 This regulatory netherworld, industry executives say, is partly the result of the nation’s political paralysis over guns. Zackary Canepari, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023 While its chances of success are uncertain, the lawsuit itself underscores the constitutional netherworld in which the nation’s leaders now find themselves. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of netherworld was in 1632

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“Netherworld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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neth·​er·​world ˈneth-ər-ˌwərld How to pronounce netherworld (audio)
: the world of the dead
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