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nether world

or netherworld

the infernal regions; hell.
the afterworld, or the hereafter.
Origin of nether world
1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Osiris was the serpent-soul in the water, and the serpent (leviathan) of the ocean which 'encircled the netherworld'.

  • And there are others who find their joy in this netherworld!

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • And if a word of mine can reach the toiling sisters in the netherworld, I would say to them: Be hopeful!

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • But out of the purlieus of this netherworld strange beings issue when the shades of evening fall.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • She wrestled with him where the darknesses roll their snake-eyed torrents over between jagged horns of the netherworld.

  • Both belong to the Upperworld of this Fableland; hence they stand in contrast with the netherworld, which is now to follow.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The experience with the Italian, however, threatened to bring the netherworld up again.

  • It is the repose of utter silence and quietude, a netherworld only half lighted by the worn-out moon.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for netherworld

nether world

the world after death; the underworld
a criminal underworld
Also called (for senses 1, 2) nether regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for netherworld

also nether-world, 1630s, "place beneath the earth," from nether + world.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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