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[suhl-fer-uh s, suhl-fyoo r-uh s]
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  1. sulfurous(defs 1, 2).
  2. pertaining to the fires of hell; hellish or satanic.
  3. fiery or heated.
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Origin of sulphurous

First recorded in 1520–30; spelling variant of sulfurous
Related formssul·phur·ous·ly, adverbsul·phur·ous·ness, nounnon·sul·phur·ous, adjective
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Related Words for sulphurous

demonic, malevolent, hellish, devilish, wicked, harsh, trenchant, scorching, withering, searing, sarcastic, caustic, biting, mordant, lower, accursed, confounded, cursed, damnable, diabolical

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British Dictionary definitions for sulphurous


  1. Also: sulphureous of, relating to, or resembling sulphura sulphurous colour
  2. of or containing sulphur with an oxidation state of 4sulphurous acid
  3. of or relating to hellfire
  4. hot-tempered
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Derived Formssulphurously, adverbsulphurousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sulphurous


see sulfurous.

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