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un·der·world

 (ŭn′dər-wûrld′)
n.
1.
a. The world of the dead in various religious traditions, located below the world of the living.
b. A region, realm, or dwelling place conceived to be below the surface of the earth.
c. Archaic The world beneath the heavens; the earth.
2. The part of society that is engaged in and organized for the purpose of crime and vice.

underworld

(ˈʌndəˌwɜːld)
n
1.
a. criminals and their associates considered collectively
b. (as modifier): underworld connections.
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) the regions below the earth's surface regarded as the abode of the dead; Hades

un•der•world

(ˈʌn dərˌwɜrld)

n.
1. the criminal element of human society.
2. (in the religious beliefs of various cultures, esp. the ancient Greeks and Romans) a realm below the surface of the earth in which the spirits of the dead reside.
3. Archaic. the earth.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underworld - the criminal classunderworld - the criminal class      
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
gangdom, gangland, organized crime - underworld organizations
racketeer - someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion)
2.underworld - (religion) the world of the deadunderworld - (religion) the world of the dead; "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Acheron, River Acheron - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon
Cocytus, River Cocytus - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades that was said to be a tributary of the Acheron
Lethe, River Lethe - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive
River Styx, Styx - (Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls

underworld

noun
1. criminals, gangsters, organized crime, gangland (informal), criminal element a wealthy businessman with underworld connections
2. nether world, hell, Hades, the inferno, nether regions, infernal region, abode of the dead Persephone, goddess of the underworld
Related words
adjectives chthonian, chthonic
Translations
العالَم السُّفْلي، عالَم المُجْرِمين
podsvětí
underverden
alamaailmamanalatuonela
alvilág
undirheimar
nusikaltėlių pasaulis
kriminālā pasaule
podsvetie
podzemlje
yeraltı dünyası

underworld

[ˈʌndəwɜːld]
A. N
1. (= hell) the underworldel infierno
2. (criminal) the underworldel hampa
B. ADJ
1. (= Hadian) → infernal
2. (= criminal) [organization] → delictivo; [personality] → del mundo del hampa; [connections] → con el hampa

underworld

[ˈʌndərwɜːrld] n
(criminal)pègre f
the criminal underworld → la pègre
(MYTHOLOGY) the underworld (= hell) → les enfers mpl

underworld

[ˈʌndəˌwɜːld] n the underworld (criminal) → la malavita; (hell) → gli inferi mpl

underworld

(ˈandəwəːld) noun
the part of the population that gets its living from crime etc. A member of the underworld told the police where the murderer was hiding.