infernal

[in-fur-nl]

adjective

hellish; fiendish; diabolical: an infernal plot.
extremely troublesome, annoying, etc.; outrageous: an infernal nuisance.
of, inhabiting, or befitting hell.
Classical Mythology. of or relating to the underworld.

Nearby words

  1. inferior vein of vermis,
  2. inferior vena cava,
  3. inferiority,
  4. inferiority complex,
  5. inferiorly,
  6. infernal machine,
  7. inferno,
  8. inferoanterior,
  9. infertile,
  10. infertility

Origin of infernal

1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin infernālis, equivalent to Latin infern(us) situated below, of the underworld (see inferior) + -ālis -al1

Related formsin·fer·nal·i·ty, nounin·fer·nal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for infernal

infernal

adjective

of or relating to an underworld of the dead
deserving hell or befitting its occupants; diabolic; fiendish
informal irritating; confounded
Derived Formsinfernality, nouninfernally, adverb

Word Origin for infernal

C14: from Late Latin infernālis, from infernus hell, from Latin (adj): lower, hellish; related to Latin inferus low

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Word Origin and History for infernal

infernal

adj.

late 14c., in reference to the underworld, from Old French enfernal, infernal (12c.), from Late Latin infernalis "of the lower regions," from infernus "hell" (Ambrose), literally "the lower (world)," noun use of Latin infernus "lower, lying beneath," from infra "below" (see infra-). Meaning "devilish, hateful" is from early 15c. For the name of the place, or things which resemble it, the Italian form inferno has been used in English since 1834, from Dante. Related: Infernally.

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