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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.
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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
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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.
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|Noun||1.||underworld - 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"
racketeer - someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion)
|2.||underworld - (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
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1. criminals, gangsters, organized crime, gangland (informal), criminal element a wealthy businessman with underworld connections
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العالَم السُّفْلي، عالَم المُجْرِمين
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(MYTHOLOGY) the underworld (= hell) → les enfers mpl
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Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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. onderwêreld العالَم السُّفْلي، عالَم المُجْرِمين светът на престъпността submundo podsvětí die Unterwelt underverden υπόκοσμοςhampa, bajos fondos allmaailm دنیای تبهکاران alamaailma pégre הָעוֹלָם הַתַחתוֹן अपराधी-वर्ग podzemlje alvilág dunia kejahatan undirheimar malavita 暗黒街 암흑가 nusikaltėlių pasaulis kriminālā pasaule dunia penjenayahan onderwereldunderverden świat przestępczy هغه دنيا، اّخر: په لويو ښارونو كې دمجرمانو ډله submundo lumea interlopă преступный мир podsvetie podzemlje podzemlje undre värld สังคมของพวกนอกกฎหมาย yeraltı dünyası 黑社會 організована злочинність مافيا، غنڈہ xã hội đen 黑社会
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