Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday November 28, 2008

infierno, noun:

We’ve already come across el cielo, meaning heaven. Its opposite is el infierno, hell.

Hitler se está calcinando en el infierno.
Hitler is burning in hell.

Apart from its literal meaning, you can use it metaphorically. Translating what Jean-Paul Sartre wrote in French:

El infierno son los otros.
Hell is other people.

Infierno can also be used to refer to somewhere which is very hot. There is a proverb about the weather in Madrid, Spain, which goes:

Nueve meses de invierno y tres de infierno.
Nine months of winter and three of hell.

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