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hellish Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite very unpleasant
    god-awful; beastly.
    • hellish weather
    • stop that god-awful racket
  2. adjective satellite extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
    satanic; fiendish; infernal; demonic; unholy; diabolical; diabolic.
    • something demonic in him--something that could be cruel
    • fires lit up a diabolic scene
    • diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils
    • a fiendish despot
    • hellish torture
    • infernal instruments of war
    • satanic cruelty
    • unholy grimaces

Hell"ish adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to hell; like hell; infernal; malignant; wicked; detestable; diabolical. "Hellish hate." Milton. -- Hell"ish*ly, adv. -- Hell"ish*ness, n.

Webster 1913