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1. A place of extreme wretchedness or squalor.
2. Obsolete The pit of hell.


an unpleasant or evil place



a place totally lacking in comfort or cleanliness.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hellhole - any place of pain and turmoilhellhole - any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle"; "the inferno of the engine room"; "when you're alone Christmas is the pits";
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"


[ˈhelhəʊl] Ninfierno m
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Jails are supposed to be correctional facilities, not druginfested hellholes that lack sufficient staff to keep order.
It's a path the Nazis began when they jackbooted their way across Europe 70 years ago, vaccinating all children, with diphtheria vaccine, and conducting other medical experiments at concentration camp hellholes.
Insurance carriers as well work diligently to make positive impacts on eliminating Judicial Hellholes.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's long-overdue apology to the women who were imprisoned in the hellholes began the healing process.
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In order to illustrate the problems faced by defendants in certain locations, ATRA offered the following descriptions of the eight jurisdictions throughout the country that the association has dubbed this year's Judicial Hellholes.
We're well beyond the idea that prisons should be the Victorian hellholes they once were.
South Florida tops the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) list of 2009/2010 Judicial Hellholes, released late last year.
Monuments may rise and tablets be set up to them in their own land, but, for example on far-off shores like the hellholes and foothills of the Helmand province in Afghanistan, there is an abiding memorial that no pen or chisel has traced; it is graven not on stone or brass, but on the living hearts of humanity.
When it was launched six years ago, the annual Judicial Hellholes report by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) garnered considerable media attention across the country, listing a handful of jurisdictions where tort "reformers" claimed justice was skewed against their corporate backers.
While variety results in a certain number of "judicial hellholes," there are ways to avoid these places or, if that is not possible, at least minimize their damage.