Origin of infernal
Examples from the Web for infernal
Infernal, it can cause fires and explosions; toxic, it can debilitate, poison, and kill.
He called her “a silly chattering windbag, an infernal liar, a conceited, gushing, rump-wagging, blethering ass.”
Egypt is eternal, one might say, but its problems are infernal.Egypt’s Arab Spring Gives Way To Spring Of The Patriarch|Christopher Dickey|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That infernal device was much like the ones made from pressure cookers used in Boston.
Of course there will be deranged people who will rejoice in their weird conviction of his eternal and infernal roasting.Christopher Hitchens Is Hailed by Stephen Fry as a Man of Style and Wit|Stephen Fry|December 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Eleven days were spent in preparation, before the Thirteen, with all their infernal power, could reach the foot of the cliffs.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
She 's an infernal bore, sir,—that I know fully as well as you can inform me; but please to tell me who is n't a bore.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)|Charles James Lever
Why, he must himself belong to this infernal society, as she did; that was it, of course.The Red Symbol|John Ironside
It was the infernal impertinence of Germany's schemes for transatlantic plunder that roused the average American.Out To Win|Coningsby Dawson
There was something very awful, too, in the spectre's being provided with an infernal atmosphere of its own.A Christmas Carol|Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for infernal
Word Origin for infernal
Word Origin and History for infernal
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.