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hellbent

[ hel-bent ]

adjective

  1. stubbornly or recklessly determined.
  2. going at terrific speed.


adverb

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

hellbent

/ ˌhɛlˈbɛnt /

adjective

  1. informal.
    postpositiveand foll byon strongly or rashly intent


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hellbent1

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; hell + bent 1

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Example Sentences

Utah’s political leaders, though, remain hellbent on securing what they believe is their full share of the river that supports 40 million people, as Arizona, California and Nevada have already.

The result, he says, is an “mmmm ZAP” of flavor, a “lightning-y” tang that he is desperate to recreate, until he is thwarted by this old woman hellbent on eradicating his species.

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As Estella climbs the ranks under Baroness and, more, learns a dark secret about the designer’s connection to her own tragic past, she invents Cruella, a secret alter ego hellbent on taking the Big Bad down.

First off, Uber is a huge company seemingly hellbent on wringing money out of its lowest-paid workers and it’s now positioning itself as defender of the little guy by partnering with “independent” restaurants.

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No wonder we have helicopter parents hellbent on handholding.

Once more, Romney seems hellbent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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

They were past the inn, driving hellbent through the pitch-blackness of the countryside.

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

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