- 1The world of criminals or of organized crime: a man reputed to be a godfather of the Glasgow underworld [as modifier]: a prominent underworld figureMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2The mythical abode of the dead, imagined as being under the earth.More example sentences
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
- 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.