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inferno (n.)

1834, "Hell, the infernal regions," from Italian inferno, from Late Latin infernus "Hell," in classical Latin "the lower world" (see infernal). As "a large, raging fire" from 1928.

updated on November 19, 2015

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Definitions of inferno from WordNet
1
inferno (n.)
any place of pain and turmoil;
the inferno of the engine room
Synonyms: hell / hell on earth / hellhole / snake pit / the pits
inferno (n.)
a very intense and uncontrolled fire;
Synonyms: conflagration
2
Inferno (n.)
(Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson;
Synonyms: Hell / perdition / infernal region / nether region / pit
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