nether world

or neth·er·world

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Origin of nether world

First recorded in 1630–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for netherworld

purgatory, hellfire, underworld, Hades, netherworld

Examples from the Web for netherworld

Contemporary Examples of netherworld

  • Note the grabbing aggressiveness of the hands as she is led into the netherworld, particularly the one in between her legs.

  • One subject put it best: “The first couple of days, it does send a rush of blood down to the netherworld,” he writes.

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    The Case for Upsizing

    Daniel Nester

    March 10, 2009

Historical Examples of netherworld

  • And there are others who find their joy in this netherworld!

    London's Underworld

    Thomas Holmes

  • But out of the purlieus of this netherworld strange beings issue when the shades of evening fall.

    London's Underworld

    Thomas Holmes

  • And if a word of mine can reach the toiling sisters in the netherworld, I would say to them: Be hopeful!

    London's Underworld

    Thomas Holmes

  • Both belong to the Upperworld of this Fableland; hence they stand in contrast with the Netherworld, which is now to follow.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • The experience with the Italian, however, threatened to bring the netherworld up again.

British Dictionary definitions for netherworld

nether world

  1. the world after death; the underworld
  2. hell
  3. a criminal underworld
Also called (for senses 1, 2): nether regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for netherworld

also nether-world, 1630s, "place beneath the earth," from nether + world.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper