inferno

inferno

[in-fur-noh; for 3 also Italian een-fer-naw]
noun, plural infernos.
1.
hell; the infernal regions.
2.
a place or region that resembles hell: The ironworks was an inferno of molten steel and half-naked bodies.
3.
(initial capital letter, italics) the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting hell and the suffering of the damned. Compare paradise ( def 7 ), purgatory ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1825–35; < Italian < Late Latin infernus hell, noun use of Latin infernus; see infernal


2. furnace, hellhole, oven.
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inferno (ɪnˈfɜːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -nos
1.  (sometimes capital) the inferno hell; the infernal region
2.  any place or state resembling hell, esp a conflagration
 
[C19: from Italian, from Late Latin infernus hell]

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Inferno definition


The first section of The Divine Comedy, by Dante. Inferno is the Italian word for “hell.”

Note: By extension, an “inferno” is a hot and terrible place or condition.
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