- of, like, or suitable to hell; infernal; vile; horrible: It was a hellish war.
- miserable; abominable; execrable: We had a hellish time getting through traffic.
- devilishly bad: The child's behavior was hellish most of the day.
Origin of hellish
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Examples from the Web for hellish
But there is much to be said for a private, hellish experience becoming an issue of public debate.Harsh Truths About Domestic Violence: Why Voicing Terrible Experiences Can Help Others
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From Ferguson to Gaza to Iraq, this summer has been hellish.Summer 2014 Was the Worst Ever
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He was finally released in 2004, after almost 40 hellish years of brutal internment.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
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Then I went back and let that hellish fluid out of the pool, and turning on all the water, washed the marble clean of every drop.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
You paint the world in hellish colors and then offer yourself or your program as a savior.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline
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Were they building their city from the sand of the desert, these hellish glaciers?Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
After some minutes of the hellish tumult she had asked to see the Director.The Eternal City
Above her head was the roar of tempest, and the vivid, hellish light of the storm.The Golden Woman
Others in the cutter had noted the incident of the hellish fight.
And do you know what I've been doing during all this hellish period?
- of or resembling hell
- wicked; cruel
- informal very difficult or unpleasant
- British informal (intensifier)a hellish good idea
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Word Origin and History for hellish
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