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  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.
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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


  1. Geology. the angle between a fault plane and the vertical, measured perpendicular to the strike of the fault; complement of the dip.
  2. Mining. the inclination of a vein or seam from the vertical.
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verb (used without object), had·ed, had·ing.
  1. (of a fault, vein, or seam) to incline from a vertical position.
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Origin of hade

First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for hades

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Historical Examples

  • But the name Hades was really given him from his knowing (eidenai) all good things.

  • And Hades, who is wise, consorts with her, because she is wise.

  • Now, who in the name of all the demons out of Hades may that ugly abortion be?

    The Midnight Queen

    May Agnes Fleming

  • Bodies of men, and men singly or in twos and threes, wandered like ghosts in Hades.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Bury me, that I may as soon as possible pass the gates of Hades.

British Dictionary definitions for hades


  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
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Derived FormsHadean (heɪˈdiːən, ˈheɪdɪən), adjective


  1. the angle made to the vertical by the plane of a fault or vein
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  1. obsolete (intr) (of faults or veins) to incline from the vertical
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hades


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.

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Old English had "person, individual, character, individuality; condition, state, nature; sex, race, family, tribe;" see -hood. Obsolete after 14c. Cognate with Old Saxon hed "condition, rank, Old Norse heiðr "honor, dignity," Old High German heit, Gothic haidus "way, manner."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hades in Culture


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.

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