infernal


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

in·fer·nal

 (ĭn-fûr′nəl)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to a lower world of the dead.
b. Of or relating to hell: infernal punishments; infernal powers.
2. Fiendish; diabolical: infernal instruments of war.
3. Abominable; awful: the infernal racket of the jackhammers.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īnfernālis, from īnfernus, hell, from Latin, lower, underground; see n̥dher- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fer′nal·ly adv.

infernal

(ɪnˈfɜːnəl)
adj
1. (Theology) of or relating to an underworld of the dead
2. deserving hell or befitting its occupants; diabolic; fiendish
3. informal irritating; confounded
[C14: from Late Latin infernālis, from infernus hell, from Latin (adj): lower, hellish; related to Latin inferus low]
ˌinferˈnality n
inˈfernally adv

in•fer•nal

(ɪnˈfɜr nl)

adj.
1. hellish; fiendish; diabolical: an infernal plot.
2. extremely troublesome, annoying, etc.; outrageous: an infernal nuisance.
3. of, inhabiting, or befitting hell or the underworld.
[1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin infernālis < Latin infern(us) situated below, of the underworld]
in`fer•nal′i•ty, n.
in•fer′nal•ly, adv.

infernal

- An inhabitant of the underworld can be called an infernal.
See also related terms for inhabitant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infernal - an inhabitant of Hellinfernal - an inhabitant of Hell; "his roar made the infernals quake"
dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent, departed - someone who is no longer alive; "I wonder what the dead person would have done"
Adj.1.infernal - characteristic of or resembling Hell; "infernal noise"; "infernal punishment"
2.infernal - extremely evil or cruelinfernal - 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"
3.infernal - expletives used informally as intensifiersinfernal - expletives used informally as intensifiers; "he's a blasted idiot"; "it's a blamed shame"; "a blame cold winter"; "not a blessed dime"; "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"; "he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"; "a deuced idiot"; "an infernal nuisance"
cursed, curst - deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier; "villagers shun the area believing it to be cursed"; "cursed with four daughter"; "not a cursed drop"; "his cursed stupidity"; "I'll be cursed if I can see your reasoning"
4.infernal - of or pertaining to or characteristic of a very uncontrolled and intense fire; "infernal heat"
5.infernal - being of the underworld; "infernal regions"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
supernal - being or coming from on high; "interpret the plague as a visitation from heaven, a supernal punishment for the sins of men"

infernal

adjective
1. damned, malevolent, hellish, devilish, accursed, damnable The post office is shut, which is an infernal bore.
2. hellish, lower, underworld, nether, Stygian, Hadean, Plutonian, chthonian, Tartarean (literary) the goddess of the infernal regions
hellish heavenly, celestial

infernal

adjective
1. Perversely bad, cruel, or wicked:
2. So annoying or detestable as to deserve condemnation:
Informal: blamed, damned.
Chiefly British: blooming, ruddy.
Translations
helvetillinenpirullinen

infernal

[ɪnˈfɜːnl] ADJinfernal (fig) → infernal, del demonio
stop that infernal racket!¡deja de hacer ese ruido infernal!, ¡deja de hacer ese ruido del demonio!

infernal

[ɪnˈfɜːrnəl] adjinfernal(e)

infernal

adj
(lit)Höllen-; infernal fireHöllenfeuer nt
(fig) cruelty, schemeteuflisch; weathergrässlich; (inf) impudence, nuisanceverteufelt; noisehöllisch; this infernal machinediese Höllenmaschine

infernal

[ɪnˈfɜːnl] adj (fires) → dell'inferno; (spirit, powers) → infernale (fig) (cruelty) → diabolico/a (fam) (noise) → infernale, terribile
References in classic literature ?
David raised his tall person in the midst of the infernal din, with a hand on either ear, exclaiming:
So forcibly did he dwell upon this symbol, for the hour or more during which his periods were rolling over the people's heads, that it assumed new terrors in their imagination, and seemed to derive its scarlet hue from the flames of the infernal pit.
It was not, I am as sure today as I was sure then, my mere infernal imagination: it was absolutely traceable that they were aware of my predicament and that this strange relation made, in a manner, for a long time, the air in which we moved.
Lord save me, thinks I, that must be the harpooneer, the infernal head-peddler.
I was surveying for a man the other day a single straight line one hundred and thirty-two rods long, through a swamp at whose entrance might have been written the words which Dante read over the entrance to the infernal regions,--"Leave all hope, ye that enter"--that is, of ever getting out again; where at one time I saw my employer actually up to his neck and swimming for his life in his property, though it was still winter.
Lo, I command the fell spirit that possesses the holy fountain to now disgorge into the skies all the infernal fires that still remain in him, and straightway dissolve his spell and flee hence to the pit, there to lie bound a thousand years.
Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a hold of a prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free nigger, and --"
She gathered up her baby once more; but when her eye fell upon its miserably short little gray tow-linen shirt and noted the contrast between its pauper shabbiness and her own volcanic eruption of infernal splendors, her mother-heart was touched, and she was ashamed.
I forget she knows nothing of the character of that woman, or of the circumstances attending my infernal union with her.
I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five) - on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.
Her infernal cleverness put an obstacle I had not expected in the way of my intercepting it.
But it is very strange--now, at least, is it not very strange"--said Defarge, rather pleading with his wife to induce her to admit it, "that, after all our sympathy for Monsieur her father, and herself, her husband's name should be proscribed under your hand at this moment, by the side of that infernal dog's who has just left us?