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1. A place or state of torment or suffering.
2. The abode of condemned souls; hell.

[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; see gyʔ in Semitic roots + hinnōm, personal name; see hnn in Semitic roots.]


1. (Bible) Old Testament the valley below Jerusalem, where children were sacrificed and where idolatry was practised (II Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 19:6) and where later offal and refuse were slowly burned
2. (Bible) New Testament Judaism a place where the wicked are punished after death
3. a place or state of pain and torment
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek Geena, from Hebrew Gê' Hinnōm, literally: valley of Hinnom, symbolic of hell]


(gɪˈhɛn ə)

1. the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where propitiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch. II Kings 23:10.
3. any place of extreme torment or suffering.
[< Late Latin < Greek Géenna < Hebrew Gē-Hinnōm hell, short for gē ben Hinnōm literally, valley of the son of Hinnom]
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Noun1.Gehenna - a place where the wicked are punished after deathGehenna - a place where the wicked are punished after death
infernal region, nether region, perdition, Inferno, Hell, pit - (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson
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His reference to the great games of which I had heard so much while among the Tharks convinced me that I had but jumped from purgatory into gehenna.
Nor content with such Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart Of SOLOMON he led by fraud to build His Temple right against the Temple of God On that opprobrious Hill, and made his Grove The pleasant Vally of HINNOM, TOPHET thence And black GEHENNA call'd, the Type of Hell.
Fines, lost goods, taxes, expenses, loyal charges, salaries, damages, and interests, gehenna, prison, and jail, and fetters with expenses are Christmas spice cake and marchpanes of Saint-John to him
If I tell this man of yours to withdraw the charge against you, you can go to Gehenna for aught I care.
Those who send toward us the arrows of their viciousness for no reason, thus risking to miss their chance to acquire redemption, help us prepare for our eternal redemption and be cleansed of our sins through the discomfort and persecutions they cause us and we are exalted to the Kingdom of Heaven, whereas they have the potential to plunge us into the depths of the Gehenna.
During the ten days of the annual Jerusalem Film Festival, Gehenna becomes heaven on earth.
De la Verdad que hace secar las fuentes, y en la gehenna rechinar los dientes (DARIO, 1977: 476).
He notes that the medieval notion of Gehenna often allowed for a temporary, twelve-month sentence, as opposed to the eternal horrors of the Christian and Islamic Hell, while in some cases, the wicked were just annihilated rather than tortured.
Melvin Tolson offers a powerful, it brief, summation of the Middle Passage in Libretto for the Republic of Liberia: "here / Gehenna hatchways vomit up / The debits of pounds of flesh" (1953, lines 149-51).
By Jehovah, Gehenna, and the holy water I now sprinkle, and by the sign of the cross I now make, and by our prayers, may Mephistopheles himself arise at our command
Varsovia fue centro de la juderia con su a-version alemana, abarcando Austria, Hungria, los paises balticos y Rusia en esta saga deslumbrante del florecimiento del pensamiento antes de su terrible gehenna.
He frequently speaks of Christ's descent in terms of the Old Testament Sheol, but his identification of the latter with Gehenna allows him to affirm that although Christ cannot be said to have suffered the New Testament hell proper, his hell encompasses the eschatological "No" and the deepest possible suffering.