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nether world

or netherworld

noun
1.
the infernal regions; hell.
2.
the afterworld, or the hereafter.
Origin of nether world
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40
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Examples from the Web for nether world
Historical Examples
  • There are in all ten princes of the nether world, of whom the fifth is the highest and most feared.

  • First he went to the nether world, where the shades of the departed dwell.

  • In heaven, on earth and in the nether world only the gospel of Buddha has no limits.

  • He had one failing to link his life with this nether world—he was a book-hunter.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • From other sources we know that Irkalla is one of the names of the nether world.

  • He is then no longer in the world, but under it,—in the nether world.

  • Are you a being of the earth, or a spirit from the nether world?

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • She swore, and invoked all the gods of the nether world, who are called Titans, to witness.

    The Iliad Homer
  • In what varieties of strange game does this nether world abound?

    The Coming Race Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Then he promised she should be Queen of the nether world, but she answered him not.

British Dictionary definitions for nether world

nether world

noun
1.
the world after death; the underworld
2.
hell
3.
a criminal underworld
Also called (for senses 1, 2) nether regions
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