Definition of netherworld in English:


Syllabification: neth·er·world
Pronunciation: /ˈneT͟Hərˌwərld


(the netherworld)
  • 1The underworld of the dead; hell.
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    • The local Indians, the Chumash, had a legend of something that translates roughly to ‘mouth of hell’ - a place where demons emerge from the netherworld and walk the earth.
    • Rachel has moved her son Aiden to a small coastal town in pursuit of the quiet life and television sets that aren't passageways to the netherworld.
    • Trapped in a car, I watched in absolute helplessness, (the sort I hope which only exists in nightmares) as this beast of the netherworld repeatedly launched itself at the windshield with great force.
    hell, the underworld, the infernal regions, the abyss; eternal damnation, perdition; Hades, Acheron, Gehenna, Tophet, Sheol
    literary the pit
  • 1.1A hidden underworld or ill-defined area: the narcotic netherworld thriving in postwar America
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    • A few others, finally, have been drawn into the netherworld of off-stage intrigue and parapolitical violence.
    • We suspected there was a netherworld of corrupt activity.
    • In most instances I think we'd find that a combination of factors led these children to descend into the netherworld of crime.

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