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Hades

[hey-deez] /ˈheɪ diz/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology.
  1. the underworld inhabited by departed souls.
  2. the god ruling the underworld; Pluto.
2.
(in the Revised Version of the New Testament) the abode or state of the dead.
3.
(often lowercase) hell.
Origin of Hades
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600
Related forms
Hadean
[hey-dee-uh n, hey-dee-uh n] /heɪˈdi ən, ˈheɪ di ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective

hade

[heyd] /heɪd/
noun
1.
Geology. the angle between a fault plane and the vertical, measured perpendicular to the strike of the fault; complement of the dip.
2.
Mining. the inclination of a vein or seam from the vertical.
verb (used without object), haded, hading.
3.
(of a fault, vein, or seam) to incline from a vertical position.
Origin
First recorded in 1675-85; origin uncertain
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Hades

/ˈheɪdiːz/
noun
1.
(Greek myth)
  1. the underworld abode of the souls of the dead
  2. Pluto, the god of the underworld, brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
2.
(New Testament) the abode or state of the dead
3.
(often not capital) (informal) hell
Derived Forms
Hadean (heɪˈdiːən; ˈheɪdɪən) adjective

hade

/heɪd/
noun
1.
the angle made to the vertical by the plane of a fault or vein
verb
2.
(obsolete) (intransitive) (of faults or veins) to incline from the vertical
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for Hades

1590s, from Greek Haides, in Homer the name of the god of the underworld, of unknown origin. Perhaps literally "the invisible" [Watkins]. The name of the god transferred in later Greek writing to his kingdom. Related: Hadal (adj.), 1964; Hadean.

hade

n.

Old English had "person, individual, character, individuality; condition, state, nature; sex, race, family, tribe;" see -hood. Obsolete after 14c. Cognate with Old Saxon hed "condition, rank, Old Norse heiðr "honor, dignity," Old High German heit, Gothic haidus "way, manner."

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Hades in Culture
Hades

[Roman name Pluto]

The Greek and Roman god of the underworld and the ruler of the dead. Also called Dis. The underworld itself was also known to the Greeks as Hades.

Note: The Greek and Roman underworld later became associated with the hell of Christianity, as in the expression “hot as Hades.”
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