hellish


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hell·ish

 (hĕl′ĭsh)
adj.
1. Of, resembling, or worthy of hell; fiendish.
2. Highly unpleasant: hellish weather.

hell′ish·ly adv.
hell′ish·ness n.

hellish

(ˈhɛlɪʃ)
adj
1. (Theology) of or resembling hell
2. wicked; cruel
3. informal very difficult or unpleasant
adv
informal Brit (intensifier): a hellish good idea.
ˈhellishly adv
ˈhellishness n

hell•ish

(ˈhɛl ɪʃ)

adj.
1. of, like, or suitable to hell; infernal.
2. extremely unpleasant or difficult; miserable.
3. devilishly bad; fiendish.
[1520–30]
hell′ish•ly, adv.
hell′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hellish - very unpleasanthellish - very unpleasant; "hellish weather"; "stop that god-awful racket"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
2.hellish - extremely evil or cruelhellish - extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell; "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"

hellish

adjective
2. devilish, fiendish, diabolical, infernal, damned, damnable, demoniacal They began to pray, making devilish gestures with a hellish noise.
adverb (Old-fashioned) very, extremely, terribly, seriously, incredibly, awfully, exceedingly, excessively It's hellish cold up here in winter.

hellish

adjective
Perversely bad, cruel, or wicked:
Translations

hellish

[ˈhelɪʃ]
A. ADJinfernal, de muerte
B. ADVmuy, terriblemente

hellish

[ˈhɛlɪʃ] adjinfernal(e)

hellish

(inf)
adj
(fig: = diabolical) → höllisch (inf); traffic, heat, coldmörderisch (inf); it’s hellishes ist die reinste Hölle (inf); the exams were hellishdie Prüfungen waren verteufelt schwer (inf)
(= wicked) plan, actionshöllisch, teuflisch
adv (= awfully)höllisch (inf), → mörderisch (inf); he felt hellish guiltyer hatte schreckliche Schuldgefühle

hellish

[ˈhɛlɪʃ] adj (fam) → infernale, bestiale
References in classic literature ?
I could n't stand against this, and withdrew with her to a neighboring house, where I had been but a few minutes before the hellish crew fell upon my house with the rage of devils, and in a moment with axes split down the doors and entered.
Now, upon the most diligent enquiry into the former lives of these two brothers, I find, besides the cursed and hellish maxim of policy above mentioned, another reason for the captain's conduct: the captain, besides what we have before said of him, was a man of great pride and fierceness, and had always treated his brother, who was of a different complexion, and greatly deficient in both these qualities, with the utmost air of superiority.
Yea, a hellish artifice hath here been devised, a death-horse jingling with the trappings of divine honours!
The feelings of kindness and gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments before gave place to hellish rage and gnashing of teeth.
I heard a short, sharp cry behind me, a fall, and turning saw an awful face rushing upon me,--not human, not animal, but hellish, brown, seamed with red branching scars, red drops starting out upon it, and the lidless eyes ablaze.
Finally, he reached the highest honour in hellish service.
They all asked for reinforcements and all said that the Russians were holding their positions and maintaining a hellish fire under which the French army was melting away.
I was so astonished with the sight of these things, that I entertained no notions of any danger to myself from it for a long while: all my apprehensions were buried in the thoughts of such a pitch of inhuman, hellish brutality, and the horror of the degeneracy of human nature, which, though I had heard of it often, yet I never had so near a view of before; in short, I turned away my face from the horrid spectacle; my stomach grew sick, and I was just at the point of fainting, when nature discharged the disorder from my stomach; and having vomited with uncommon violence, I was a little relieved, but could not bear to stay in the place a moment; so I got up the hill again with all the speed I could, and walked on towards my own habitation.
It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see.
Devil with Devil damn'd Firm concord holds, men onely disagree Of Creatures rational, though under hope Of heavenly Grace: and God proclaiming peace, Yet live in hatred, enmitie, and strife Among themselves, and levie cruel warres, Wasting the Earth, each other to destroy: As if (which might induce us to accord) Man had not hellish foes anow besides, That day and night for his destruction waite.
It would be impossible to describe the expression of hate and baffled malignity, of anger and hellish rage, which came over the Count's face.
Luther, according to the scandal of his monkish enemies, was a brat of that hellish breed; nor was Pearl the only child to whom this inauspicious origin was assigned among the New England Puritans.