- When it is 110 degrees out and feels as hot as you imagine hell would feel, this is an example of the infernal heat.
- When you can't stand the constant yelling of the kids down the street, this is an example of when you might yell at them to stop that infernal yelling.
The definition of infernal is something related to the underworld or hell, or something that is very annoying.
- of the ancient mythological world of the dead
- of hell
- hellish; diabolic; fiendish; inhuman
- Informal hateful; outrageous
Origin of infernalOld French from Late Latin infernalis from Classical Latin infernus, underground, lower, infernal from inferus: see inferior
- a. Of or relating to a lower world of the dead.b. Of or relating to hell: infernal punishments; infernal powers.
- Fiendish; diabolical: infernal instruments of war.
- Abominable; awful: the infernal racket of the jackhammers.
Origin of infernalMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin īnfernālis from īnfernus hell from Latin lower, underground ; see &nlowring;dher- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more infernal, superlative most infernal)
- (obsolete) An inhabitant of the infernal regions.
From Middle French infernal, from Latin infernālis, from infernus (“below, subterranean”).