hell

Hell is a terrible state or place of pain, suffering, and misery. If you're religious, you might believe in hell as a place where bad people go after they die.

Even if you don't subscribe to a religion that includes a concept of eternal hell for evil or blasphemous people, you might use the word to describe a terrible place or situation. Someone who's suffered an agonizing ordeal might say, "I've been through hell." The phrase "when hell freezes over" basically means "never," since hell is famous for its reputation as burning with infinite fire.

Definitions of hell
1

n any place of pain and turmoil

“the hell of battle”
Synonyms:
hell on earth, hellhole, inferno, snake pit, the pits
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something

n violent and excited activity

Synonyms:
sin
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n noisy and unrestrained mischief

Synonyms:
blaze
Type of:
devilment, devilry, deviltry, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan
reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

n a cause of difficulty and suffering

“war is hell
Synonyms:
blaze
Type of:
trouble
an event causing distress or pain

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