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hellacious

[he-ley-shuh s] /hɛˈleɪ ʃəs/
adjective, Slang.
1.
remarkable; astonishing:
They're raising a hellacious amount of money in taxes.
2.
formidably difficult:
We had a hellacious time getting here in the blizzard.
Also, hellaceous.
Origin
hell + -acious (extracted from audacious, sagacious, vivacious, etc.), perhaps with intensive or augmentative force; cf. bodacious, splendacious
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  • Must have been hellacious, but not quite hellacious enough to shatter the planet.
  • He threw high fastballs nobody could touch, and a slider with a hellacious diagonal break.
  • He wasn't trying to throw a hellacious scare into his teacher.
British Dictionary definitions for hellacious

hellacious

/hɛˈleɪʃəs/
adjective (US, slang)
1.
remarkable; horrifying
2.
wonderful; excellent
Word Origin
C20: from hell + -acious as in audacious
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Word Origin and History for hellacious
adj.

1930s, college slang, from hell + fanciful ending (cf. bodacious).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hellacious

hellacious

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; great: It was a hellacious picnic (1930s+ College students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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