- the fire of hell.
- punishment in hell.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a laser-guided U.S. Army antiarmor missile designed for launch from a helicopter.
Origin of hellfire
Examples from the Web for hellfire
William Lloyd Garrison was probably the most prominent leader who relied on the effectiveness of hellfire.Americans’ Burning Obsession With Hell
September 26, 2014
The Apache then let off some Hellfire missiles and its 30mm cannon and 'boom'.Prince Harry Nicknamed 'Big H' by Army Comrades
December 31, 2012
The pilot locks a $60,000 Hellfire missile onto his target and fires.Buy Your Own Drone! Now Only $300 Online
April 28, 2012
Details are still fuzzy, but the official states that a Hellfire missile was fired on Awlaki's convoy.Cheney Cheers Awlaki Kill
October 2, 2011
An order of the English council was issued to suppress Hellfire clubs.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
There'd have to be hellfire before anybody'd believe my story.Of Stegner's Folly
Richard S. Shaver
What good to me is forgiveness, if my child will be doomed to hellfire for evermore?In the Days of Chivalry
A gentleman commoner of Queen's was president of a 'hellfire club,' and brutal horseplay was still practised upon the weaker lads.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
Every little black devil of a machine gun tore loose with hellfire.
- the torment and punishment of hell, envisaged as eternal fire
- (modifier) characterizing sermons or preachers that emphasize this aspect of Christian beliefhellfire evangelism
Word Origin and History for hellfire
also hell fire, from Old English hellefyr, in which helle is the genitive case of hell. It translates Greek gehenna tou pyros, literally "fiery hell." Also used in Middle English for "erysipelas" (mid-15c.).