1. Classical Mythology.
    1. the underworld inhabited by departed souls.
    2. the god ruling the underworld; Pluto.
  2. (in the Revised Version of the New Testament) the abode or state of the dead.
  3. (often lowercase) hell.

Origin of Hades

First recorded in 1590–1600
Related formsHa·de·an [hey-dee-uh n, hey-dee-uh n] /heɪˈdi ən, ˈheɪ di ən/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hadean

Historical Examples of hadean

  • The artist was to be transported by them from Hadean depths of despair to Olympian heights of rejoicing.


    Davis Brinton

British Dictionary definitions for hadean


  1. Greek myth
    1. the underworld abode of the souls of the dead
    2. Pluto, the god of the underworld, brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
  2. New Testament the abode or state of the dead
  3. (often not capital) informal hell
Derived FormsHadean (heɪˈdiːən, ˈheɪdɪən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for hadean


1590s, from Greek Haides, in Homer the name of the god of the underworld, of unknown origin. Perhaps literally "the invisible" [Watkins]. The name of the god transferred in later Greek writing to his kingdom. Related: Hadal (adj.), 1964; Hadean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hadean in Culture


[Roman name Pluto]

The Greek and Roman god of the underworld and the ruler of the dead. Also called Dis. The underworld itself was also known to the Greeks as Hades.


The Greek and Roman underworld later became associated with the hell of Christianity, as in the expression “hot as Hades.”
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