Definition of underworld in English:


Syllabification: un·der·world
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌwərld


  • 1The world of criminals or of organized crime.
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    • It is suggested that an underworld crime figure planned to grab the mother and her child and to demand a six figure sum.
    • Detectives hunting a gunman who executed a father-of-three in a gangland murder have appealed to the criminal underworld to help nail the killer.
    • Too late they discover that he is an underworld crime lord, and that crossing him results in an inevitable slow and painful death.
    criminal world, gangland; criminals, gangsters
    informal mobsters
  • 2The mythical abode of the dead, imagined as being under the earth.
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    • To gain entrance to this forbidden domain she threatened to break down the gates of the underworld, free the dead and devour the living.
    • She also guides Persephone to the underworld and back twice a year and thus has a part to play in the seasons.
    • During the last six millennia, the hero's journey to the underworld of the dead has been a main part of epic storylines.
    the netherworld, the nether regions, hell, the abyss; eternal damnation; Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, Tophet
    informal the other place
    literary the pit

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