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hellish

[hel-ish] /ˈhɛl ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, like, or suitable to hell; infernal; vile; horrible:
It was a hellish war.
2.
miserable; abominable; execrable:
We had a hellish time getting through traffic.
3.
devilishly bad:
The child's behavior was hellish most of the day.
Origin of hellish
1520-1530
1520-30; hell + -ish1
Related forms
hellishly, adverb
hellishness, noun
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  • After the hellish morning we had had, the afternoon thus became comparatively quiet.

  • A hellish thought at this moment arose in the mind of the outlaw.

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  • Mr. Plunkett was described as a 'monster in human shape,' and was adjured to 'cease his hellish work.'

  • The expression in the eyes he now looked into was not human—it was hellish.

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  • It was indeed a hellish message which these documents conveyed.

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British Dictionary definitions for hellish

hellish

/ˈhɛlɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or resembling hell
2.
wicked; cruel
3.
(informal) very difficult or unpleasant
adverb
4.
(Brit, informal) (intensifier): a hellish good idea
Derived Forms
hellishly, adverb
hellishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hellish
adj.

1520s, from hell + -ish. Related: Hellishly; hellishness. Earlier in same sense were helli "helly" (late 12c.); hellen "hellish, infernal" (c.1200), with -en (2); and Old English hellic.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hellish

hellish

adjective

  1. Very; extremely: hellish expensive
  2. Unpleasant; deplorable: hellish noise coming from the vacuum
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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