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hellfire

[hel-fahyuh r] /ˈhɛlˌfaɪər/
noun
1.
the fire of hell.
2.
punishment in hell.
3.
(initial capital letter) Military. a laser-guided U.S. Army antiarmor missile designed for launch from a helicopter.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English helle fȳr; see hell, fire
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  • Maybe because there are too many of them who feel they must match tactics with those invoking hellfire and brimstone.
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  • They were a holy lot, with the emphasis on hellfire and damnation.
  • Once the first hellfire missile was loaded onto an intelligence-collecting drone, the decent interval diminished rapidly.
British Dictionary definitions for hellfire

hellfire

/ˈhɛlˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
the torment and punishment of hell, envisaged as eternal fire
2.
(modifier) characterizing sermons or preachers that emphasize this aspect of Christian belief: hellfire evangelism
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Word Origin and History for hellfire
n.

also hell fire, from Old English hellefyr, in which helle is the genitive case of hell. It translates Greek gehenna tou pyros, literally "fiery hell." Also used in Middle English for "erysipelas" (mid-15c.).

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