nether world

or neth·er·world


the infernal regions; hell.
the afterworld, or the hereafter.

Origin of nether world

First recorded in 1630–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

  • 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

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

  • At length Ea hearkens and intercedes with Nergal, god of the Netherworld, who consents to release the spirit for a little while.

  • It is the repose of utter silence and quietude, a netherworld only half lighted by the worn-out moon.

British Dictionary definitions for netherworld

nether world


the world after death; the underworld
a criminal underworld
Also called (for senses 1, 2): nether regions
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Word Origin and History for netherworld

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper