- Classical Mythology.
- the underworld inhabited by departed souls.
- the god ruling the underworld; Pluto.
- (in the Revised Version of the New Testament) the abode or state of the dead.
- (often lowercase) hell.
Origin of Hades
- Geology. the angle between a fault plane and the vertical, measured perpendicular to the strike of the fault; complement of the dip.
- Mining. the inclination of a vein or seam from the vertical.
- (of a fault, vein, or seam) to incline from a vertical position.
Origin of hade
Related Wordspurgatory, limbo, nightmare, inferno, misery, hellfire, underworld, Hades, netherworld, abyss, ruin, condemnation, suffering, damnation, affliction, pit, punishment, Gehenna, perdition
Examples from the Web for hades
On one level “The Zone of Interest” is a love story set in the heart of Hades.How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
September 28, 2014
Persephone snacked on pomegranate seeds in Hades and now our gas bills rocket in January.Run with the Devil Unlike the Girl in Kentucky
November 10, 2013
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
Bury me, that I may as soon as possible pass the gates of Hades.
- Greek myth
- the underworld abode of the souls of the dead
- Pluto, the god of the underworld, brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
- New Testament the abode or state of the dead
- (often not capital) informal hell
- the angle made to the vertical by the plane of a fault or vein
- obsolete (intr) (of faults or veins) to incline from the vertical
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.
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."
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.