Gehenna meaning

gĭ-hĕnə
(place) The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where refuse was burned in biblical times.
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Hell.
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One of various hells in Abrahamic religions, being the hell into which sinners are cast after judgment for eternal suffering.
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Depending on interpretation of religious texts, one of various names for just one hell.
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In Judaism and the New Testament the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
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A place of suffering and misery.
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A place or state of torment or suffering.
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The abode of condemned souls; hell.
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A place of torment.
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Alternative capitalization of Gehenna.
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Origin of gehenna

  • Late Latin from Greek Geenna from Hebrew gê’ hinnōm possibly short for gê’ ben hinnōm , valley of the son of Hinnom, a valley south of Jerusalem gê’ valley of bound form of gay’ valley gyℵ in Semitic roots hinnōm personal name hnn in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Thought to be named after the Valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem, which was constantly filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt. Heinous deeds are also associated with this valley, as during the time when Jerusalem was ruled by non-Jews (referred to in scriptures simply as 'pagans') child sacrifice was practiced there.

    From Wiktionary

  • From ecclesiastical Latin gehenna, from Ancient Greek γέεννα (géenna), from Hebrew גֵּיהִנּוֹם (ge'henom, “hell, literally valley of Hinnom”).

    From Wiktionary