Definition of underworld in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəwəːld


  • 1The world of criminals or of organized crime: a man reputed to be a godfather of the Glasgow underworld [as modifier]: a prominent underworld figure
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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, world of crime, organized crime; criminals, gangsters
    informal gangland, mob, 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 land/abode of the dead, the infernal regions, the nether regions, hell, the abyss; the abode of the damned, eternal damnation, eternal punishment, perdition; Biblical Gehenna, Tophet, Abaddon; Judaism Sheol; Greek Mythology Hades, Tartarus, Acheron; Roman Mythology Avernus; Scandinavian Mythology Niflheim; British the other place
    literary the pit, the shades
    archaic the lower world

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