- the infernal regions; hell.
- the afterworld, or the hereafter.
Origin of nether world
First recorded in 1630–40
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Examples from the Web for netherworld
Note the grabbing aggressiveness of the hands as she is led into the netherworld, particularly the one in between her legs.The Scathing Sexual Politics of ‘Ghostbusters’
June 7, 2014
One subject put it best: “The first couple of days, it does send a rush of blood down to the netherworld,” he writes.The Case for Upsizing
March 10, 2009
And there are others who find their joy in this netherworld!
But out of the purlieus of this netherworld strange beings issue when the shades of evening fall.
And if a word of mine can reach the toiling sisters in the netherworld, I would say to them: Be hopeful!
Both belong to the Upperworld of this Fableland; hence they stand in contrast with the Netherworld, which is now to follow.Homer's Odyssey
Denton J. Snider
The experience with the Italian, however, threatened to bring the netherworld up again.
- the world after death; the underworld
- a criminal underworld
Also called (for senses 1, 2): nether regions
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Word Origin and History for netherworld
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