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  1. a place totally lacking in comfort, cleanliness, order, etc.
  2. a place or establishment noted for its illegal or immoral practices.
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Origin of hellhole

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hell, hole
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  • But near the Mammoth Hot Springs is a hellhole that did attract me.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • The flag which floats over every hellhole of mine and mill and prison?

    The Red Conspiracy

    Joseph J. Mereto

British Dictionary definitions for hellhole


  1. an unpleasant or evil place
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Word Origin and History for hellhole


"the pit of Hell," late 14c., from hell + hole (n.). Meaning "unpleasant place" is from 1866.

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