stubbornly or recklessly determined.
going at terrific speed.


in a hellbent manner; with reckless determination; at full speed.

Origin of hellbent

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; hell + bent1
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Examples from the Web for hellbent

Historical Examples of hellbent

  • It's all for the good of the hellbent fellows the way things are arranged in this world at the present time.

  • Lively Woman is indeed, as Carlyle would put it, "hellbent" on purification of politics by adding herself as an ingredient.

British Dictionary definitions for hellbent



(postpositive and foll by on) informal strongly or rashly intent
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Word Origin and History for hellbent

also hell-bent, 1835, U.S., originally slang, from hell + bent (1).

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