[ hel-bent ]
/ ˈhɛlˌbɛnt /


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

  • 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

/ (ˌhɛlˈbɛnt) /


(postpositive and foll by on) informal strongly or rashly intent
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