- the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where propitiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch. II Kings 23:10.
- hell(def 1).
- any place of extreme torment or suffering.
Origin of Gehenna
Examples from the Web for gehenna
Why, then, was Sam Marlowe visiting this ozone-swept Gehenna?The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
There'd be a Gehenna of a bill to pay when they started decelerating.
Gehenna, I don't even know what I'd do, if I'd gotten myself into a mess like that.
Gehenna is beneath the lowest part of the earth and the seas of darkness.Modern Persia
Mooshie G. Daniel
Such a swash of offal as I caught couldn't be found in Gehenna.A King of Tyre
James M. Ludlow
- Old Testament the valley below Jerusalem, where children were sacrificed and where idolatry was practised (II Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 19:6) and where later offal and refuse were slowly burned
- New Testament Judaism a place where the wicked are punished after death
- a place or state of pain and torment
Word Origin and History for gehenna
"hell," 1620s, from Church Latin, from Greek geenna, from post-biblical Hebrew gehinnom, "Hell, place of fiery torment for the dead," figurative use of the place name Ge Hinnom "the Valley of Hinnom," southwest of Jerusalem, where, according to Jer. xix.5, children were sacrificed to Moloch.