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neth·er·world

also nether world (nĕth′ər-wûrld′)
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.netherworld - (religion) the world of the deadnetherworld - (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

netherworld

nether world
noun hell, underworld, Hades, nether regions, infernal regions, Avernus magic spells which ensured the dead safe passage though the netherworld to paradise
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