- the abode of the dead or of departed spirits.
- (lowercase) hell.
Origin of Sheol
First recorded in 1590–1600, Sheol is from the Hebrew word shəʾōl
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Examples from the Web for sheol
To die neglected by one's family was fatal to one's well-being in Sheol.
Yahwe's blessings are meted out in this world, but not in Sheol.
Life in Sheol was a continuation, in a measure, of the earthly existence.
In the later portions of the Old Testament, the use of Sheol is also avoided.
He who goes to Sheol in sorrow is pursued by sorrow after death.
- the abode of the dead
- (often not capital) hell
C16: from Hebrew shĕ'ōl
Word Origin and History for sheol
1590s, from Hebrew, literally "the underworld, Hades," of unknown origin. Used in R.V. in place of Hell in many passages.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper