the underworld


: the world of crime and criminals
: the place where dead people go in Greek myths

Examples of the underworld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These natural sinkholes, known as cenotes, are sacred spots in the Mayan world, believed to be entrances to the underworld. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Historically, Japan’s yakuza were deeply intertwined with the country’s entertainment industry, which traces its roots to the live clubs and cabarets once ruled exclusively by the underworld. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2024 The Frogs, which involves a visit to the underworld. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 A number of mythological locales have been added to the map, including Mount Olympus and the underworld, which, naturally, is guarded by Cerberus. Andrew Webster, The Verge, 8 Mar. 2024 Hadestown itself is based on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, two lovers whose lives are turned upside down when Eurydice is trapped in the underworld by Hades (Phillip Boykin). Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2024 Eileen is a caring mother who also harbors ambitions of once again ruling the underworld. William Earl, Variety, 4 Jan. 2024 In the first act, Kahlo and her fellow muertos appear in garments reminiscent of clay — a rendering of the underworld that gets away from trite reds and blacks. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2023 In its time the stone would have been used as a portal for priests and rulers to pass into the underworld, but the few photos that existed of Monument 9 could not fully convey its symbolic heft. David Shortell Marian Carrasquero, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023

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“The underworld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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