The definition of hell is something or somewhere that is horrible, a state of great pain and suffering or a place of great suffering where sinners go.(noun)
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Origin: ME helle < OE hel (akin to Ger hölle, hell & ON Hel, the underworld goddess, Hel) < base of helan, to cover, hide < IE base *el-, to hide, cover up > L celare, to hide
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Origin: Middle English helle
Origin: , from Old English; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots. Word History: Hell comes to us directly from Old English hel. Because the Roman Church prevailed in England from an early date, the Roman—that is, Mediterranean—belief that hell was hot prevailed there too; in Old English hel is a black and fiery place of eternal torment for the damned. But because the Vikings were converted to Christianity centuries after the Anglo-Saxons, the Old Norse hel, from the same source as Old English hel, retained its earlier pagan senses as both a place and a person. As a place, hel is the abode of oathbreakers, other evil persons, and those unlucky enough not to have died in battle. It contrasts sharply with Valhalla, the hall of slain heroes. Unlike the Mediterranean hell, the Old Norse hel is very cold. Hel is also the name of the goddess or giantess who presides in hel, the half blue-black, half white daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrbotha. The Indo-European root behind these Germanic words is *kel-, “to cover, conceal” (so hell is the “concealed place”); it also gives us hall, hole, hollow, and helmet.
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