inferno

[ in-fur-noh; for 3 also Italian een-fer-naw ]
/ ɪnˈfɜr noʊ; for 3 also Italian inˈfɛr nɔ /

noun, plural in·fer·nos.

hell; the infernal regions.
a place or region that resembles hell: The ironworks was an inferno of molten steel and half-naked bodies.
(initial capital letter, italics) the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting hell and the suffering of the damned.Compare paradise(def 7), purgatory(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. inferiority,
  2. inferiority complex,
  3. inferiorly,
  4. infernal,
  5. infernal machine,
  6. inferoanterior,
  7. infertile,
  8. infertility,
  9. infest,
  10. infestation

Origin of inferno

1825–35; < Italian < Late Latin infernus hell, noun use of Latin infernus; see infernal

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British Dictionary definitions for inferno

inferno

/ (ɪnˈfɜːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

the inferno (sometimes capital) hell; the infernal region
any place or state resembling hell, esp a conflagration

Word Origin for inferno

C19: from Italian, from Late Latin infernus hell

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Word Origin and History for inferno

inferno

n.

1834, from Italian inferno, from Latin infernus (see infernal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for inferno

Inferno

The first section of The Divine Comedy, by Dante. Inferno is the Italian word for “hell.”

Note

By extension, an “inferno” is a hot and terrible place or condition.

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