Definition of inferno in English:

inferno

Line breaks: in|ferno
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfəːnəʊ
 
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noun (plural infernos)

1A large fire that is dangerously out of control: the inferno had swept through the city
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  • Crews fought the flames for 15 minutes before getting the inferno under control but had to remain at the scene for 90 minutes.
  • We certainly didn't want to turn a fire into an inferno, but we were sitting in a burning jet.
  • A police helicopter also circled the site, sending images of the inferno down to fire crews to help them tackle the blaze.
2 (usually Inferno) Hell (with reference to Dante’s Divine Comedy).
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  • As we have already seen, Dante's guide through Inferno or Hell, was the Roman poet and pagan, Virgil.
  • Dante put him in the 9th Circle of Hell in The Inferno because he was the first one to put his own face on the money he produced.
  • This guy appeared among the enchanters in the eighth circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno, so he must have been almighty.
2.1A place or situation that is too hot, chaotic, or noisy: the inferno of the Friday evening rush hour
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  • For Xi'an Coy Manh, the explosion was as if she'd suddenly been cast back into the childhood inferno, the terrible war, that consumed her homeland, Vietnam.
  • Never have more than one person working on the same function, or even class if possible, because combining code will become a hellish inferno of terrible pain.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Italian, from Christian Latin infernus (see infernal).

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