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un·der·world

 (ŭn′dər-wûrld′)
n.
1.
a. The world of the dead in various religious traditions, located below the world of the living.
b. A region, realm, or dwelling place conceived to be below the surface of the earth.
c. Archaic The world beneath the heavens; the earth.
2. The part of society that is engaged in and organized for the purpose of crime and vice.

underworld

(ˈʌndəˌwɜːld)
n
1.
a. criminals and their associates considered collectively
b. (as modifier): underworld connections.
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) the regions below the earth's surface regarded as the abode of the dead; Hades

un•der•world

(ˈʌn dərˌwɜrld)

n.
1. the criminal element of human society.
2. (in the religious beliefs of various cultures, esp. the ancient Greeks and Romans) a realm below the surface of the earth in which the spirits of the dead reside.
3. Archaic. the earth.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underworld - the criminal classunderworld - the criminal class      
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
gangdom, gangland, organized crime - underworld organizations
racketeer - someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion)
2.underworld - (religion) the world of the deadunderworld - (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

underworld

noun
1. criminals, gangsters, organized crime, gangland (informal), criminal element a wealthy businessman with underworld connections
2. nether world, hell, Hades, the inferno, nether regions, infernal region, abode of the dead Persephone, goddess of the underworld
Related words
adjectives chthonian, chthonic
Translations
العالَم السُّفْلي، عالَم المُجْرِمين
podsvětí
underverden
alamaailmamanalatuonela
alvilág
undirheimar
nusikaltėlių pasaulis
kriminālā pasaule
podsvetie
podzemlje
yeraltı dünyası

underworld

[ˈʌndəwɜːld]
A. N
1. (= hell) the underworldel infierno
2. (criminal) the underworldel hampa
B. ADJ
1. (= Hadian) → infernal
2. (= criminal) [organization] → delictivo; [personality] → del mundo del hampa; [connections] → con el hampa

underworld

[ˈʌndərwɜːrld] n
(criminal)pègre f
the criminal underworld → la pègre
(MYTHOLOGY) the underworld (= hell) → les enfers mpl

underworld

[ˈʌndəˌwɜːld] n the underworld (criminal) → la malavita; (hell) → gli inferi mpl

underworld

(ˈandəwəːld) noun
the part of the population that gets its living from crime etc. A member of the underworld told the police where the murderer was hiding.
References in classic literature ?
The things he had to tell about otters' and badgers' and water-rats' houses, not to mention birds' nests and field-mice and their burrows, were enough to make you almost tremble with excitement when you heard all the intimate details from an animal charmer and realized with what thrilling eagerness and anxiety the whole busy underworld was working.
6; and a whole wonderful underworld of lace and linen and silk stockings, the counterpart of which wonders, my clairvoyant fancy laughed to think, were at the moment--so entirely unsuspected of their original owner--my delicious possessions.
For a long time he wandered sadly all through the beautiful underworld, and one day he met a magician who asked him the cause of his tears.
What so natural, then, as to assume that it was in this artificial Underworld that such work as was necessary to the comfort of the daylight race was done?
But it is just in that cold, abominable half despair, half belief, in that conscious burying oneself alive for grief in the underworld for forty years, in that acutely recognised and yet partly doubtful hopelessness of one's position, in that hell of unsatisfied desires turned inward, in that fever of oscillations, of resolutions determined for ever and repented of again a minute later--that the savour of that strange enjoyment of which I have spoken lies.
Now Sedna is the Mistress of the Underworld, and the Inuit believe that every one who dies must spend a year in her horrible country before going to Quadliparmiut, the Happy Place, where it never freezes and the fat reindeer trot up when you call.
Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail, That brings our friends up from the underworld, Sad as the last which reddens over one That sinks with all we love below the verge; So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.
It was rather as if the earth had opened and swallowed him into a sort of underworld of dreams.
There be within this vast network of winding passages and countless chambers men, women, and beasts who, born within its dim and gruesome underworld, have never seen the light of day--nor ever shall.
But for the first time in his life, here in the underworld of San Francisco, in all equality he met such persons from above.
Before he arose to the surface from that first plunge into the underworld he discovered that he was a good actor and demonstrated the plasticity of his nature.
That is the view that prevails in the underworld, where the