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Synonyms of hell in English:


  • 1 they feared they would be consumed by flames in hell
    the netherworld, the land/abode of the dead, the infernal regions, the Inferno, the nether regions, 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
    literary the pit, the shades
    archaic the lower world
    [Antonyms] heaven
  • 2 he made her life hell
    a misery, purgatory, hell on earth, torture, agony, a torment, a nightmare, an ordeal, a trauma;
    suffering, affliction, anguish, wretchedness, woe, tribulation, trials and tribulations
    [Antonyms] paradise
  • Phrases

    get hell
    informal later he got hell from his father
    [Antonyms] be praised, be commended
    be severely reprimanded, be upbraided, be scolded, get a scolding, be admonished, be castigated, be rebuked, be chastised, be censured, be criticized severely, be taken to task, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals
    informal catch it, get what for, be told off, get into hot/deep water, get into shtook, get a dressing-down, get an earful, get a roasting, get a rocket, get a rollicking, get a rap over the knuckles, get a slap on the wrist
    give someone hell
  • 1 when the truth came out I gave him hell
    informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, come down hard on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, blast, rag, keelhaul
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    Australian informal monster
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
    North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
    dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    [Antonyms] praise, commend
  • 2 she gave me hell when I was her junior
    harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, pester, bother, worry, annoy, trouble, bully, intimidate, pick on, bait, molest, bedevil, victimize, terrorize;
    North American  devil
    Australian informal heavy
    [Antonyms] leave in peace
  • informal
    hell for leather
    the cars went hurtling down the lane, hell for leather
    [Antonyms] at moderate speed
    as fast as possible, as quickly as possible, very fast, very quickly, very rapidly, very speedily, very swiftly, hurriedly, at full speed, at the double, at full tilt, at full pelt, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, pell-mell, helter-skelter, at the speed of light, at breakneck speed, like an arrow from a bow
    informal like a bat out of hell, at a lick, like the wind, like greased lightning, at warp speed, like a bomb, like mad, like crazy, like blazes
    North American informal lickety-split
    literary apace, hurry-scurry
    raise hell
  • 1 they were hollering and raising hell
    cause a disturbance, cause a commotion, be loud and noisy, run riot, run wild, behave wildly, go on the rampage, get out of control;
    have a (wild) party, party, carouse, revel
    [Antonyms] keep the peace
  • 2 he raised hell with real estate developers and polluters
    remonstrate, expostulate, be very angry, be furious, be enraged, argue, protest loudly to, object noisily to, complain vociferously to
  • informal

    Word links

    infernal relating to hell
    hadephobia, stygiophobia fear of hell
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