often Hell The abode of condemned souls and devils in some religions; the place of eternal punishment for the wicked after death, presided over by Satan.
A state of separation from God; exclusion from God's presence.
The abode of the dead, identified with the Hebrew Sheol and the Greek Hades; the underworld.
A situation or place of evil, misery, discord, or destruction: “War is hell” (William Tecumseh Sherman).
Torment; anguish: went through hell on the job.
The powers of darkness and evil.
Informal. One that causes trouble, agony, or annoyance: The boss is hell when a job is poorly done.
A sharp scolding: gave the student hell for cheating.
Informal. Excitement, mischievousness, or high spirits: We did it for the sheer hell of it.
A tailor's receptacle for discarded material.
Printing. A hellbox.
Informal. Used as an intensive: How the hell can I go? You did one hell of a job.
Archaic. A gambling house.