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
Example Sentences for hellacious
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)
 
adj
1.  remarkable; horrifying
2.  wonderful; excellent
 
[C20: from hell + -acious as in audacious]

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hellacious

adjective

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


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