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underworld Line breaks: under|world
Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəwəːld/

Definition of underworld in English:


1The world of criminals or of organized crime: a man reputed to be a godfather of the Glasgow underworld [as modifier]: a prominent underworld figure
More 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.
criminal world, world of crime, organized crime;
informal gangland, mob, mobsters
2The mythical abode of the dead, imagined as being under the earth.
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.
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
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