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[ shee-ohl ]
/ ˈʃi oʊl /

noun (in Hebrew theology)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈʃiːəʊl, -ɒl) /

noun Old Testament

the abode of the dead
(often not capital) hell

Word Origin for Sheol

C16: from Hebrew shĕ'ōl
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 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