nether world

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also nether world (nĕth′ər-wûrld′)
1. The world of the dead.
2. A situtation in which one's status is uncertain, marginal, or undefined: "He was caught in the netherworld between the lowest levels of minor league baseball and the highest level of amateur play" (Tim Wakefield with Tony Massarotti). "She grew up in a kind of a class netherworld, not quite her father's daughter, not quite a servant" (Nina Sovich).
3. The part of society engaged in crime and vice: "Once they found themselves on the streets, they fell very quickly into the criminal netherworld" (Anne Applebaum).

neth′er·world′ly adj.

nether world



1. the world after death; the underworld
2. hell
3. a criminal underworld
Also called (for senses 1, 2): nether regions

neth′er world`

or neth′er•world`,

1. the infernal regions; hell.
2. the criminal underworld.
References in classic literature ?
No sound Of bird now flutters from the hushed hillside; All, all is still, save for the wind that wails And whistles through the long night where the ghosts Hither and thither in the gloom go by, And spirits from the nether world arise Under the ominous clouds.
Intently he listened for any sound from the nether world, but all was as silent below as above; the house under the ground seemed to be but one more empty tenement in the void.
Modern bourgeois society with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.
Henceforth our work is to be a sealed book to her, till at least such time as we can tell her that all is finished, and the earth free from a monster of the nether world.
She swore, and invoked all the gods of the nether world, who are called Titans, to witness.
But Peter Wright has a clear grasp of the dark nether world through which these extraordinary acts of benign magic are created.
The logic behing it being that since women cannot remove the mukkutti on their own easily, it is something that will go with them into the nether world after their death.
As a nation we seem to have become unhinged for the October 31 gorefest, stumbling, zombie-like, into a nether world where it's perfectly acceptable to face demands of money for menaces.
Leading viewers through these tales is host Christopher Mason, the premier journalist covering the nether world of high society.
We need the ardent rationalists to keep society from descending into the nether world of pseudoscientific nonsense and we need the artists and healers to illuminate how to live our humanism.
It was a spiritual obstacle course that saw the soul leave the mummified body of the departed and travel through the nether world.
In the first film Tony was kind of in a nether world, somebody who needed to be put in check," explains Robert.