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[shee-ohl] /ˈʃi oʊl/
noun, (in Hebrew theology)
the abode of the dead or of departed spirits.
(lowercase) hell.
Origin of Sheol
First recorded in 1590-1600, Sheol is from the Hebrew word shəʾōl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • There the King of Babylon is seen in his descent into Sheol.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • Her house is the way to Sheol, Going down to the chambers of death.

  • The monarch-shades of Sheol hail with derision the entrance of the King of Babylon among them.

    Myths and Dreams Edward Clodd
  • It shows that the disembodied state in Sheol is not an unconscious state, but one of consciousness.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • Their bodies are in the pit, the grave, and their souls in Sheol, the unseen regions.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • After that follows another wail, a solemn dirge, over the Egyptian multitudes which have passed into Sheol.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • He who goes to Sheol in sorrow is pursued by sorrow after death.

  • "Oh, I was just tracing a little parallel between Hatboro' and Sheol," replied her husband.

    Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells
  • Gipsy muttered contemptuously to himself, "Oh, Sheol; I'm not afraid o' that!"

  • Now his desire should be satisfied, but no, "Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and the eyes of man are never satisfied."

British Dictionary definitions for Sheol


/ˈʃiːəʊl; -ɒl/
noun (Old Testament)
the abode of the dead
(often not capital) hell
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew shĕ'ōl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Sheol

1590s, from Hebrew, literally "the underworld, Hades," of unknown origin. Used in R.V. in place of Hell in many passages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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