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underworld
American English: /ˈəndərˌwərld/
British English: /ˈʌndəwəːld/

noun

  • 1.1 (Mythol)the Underworld
    el infierno
    el averno [literary]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (criminals) See examples: the underworld
    los bajos fondos

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