- the criminal element of human society.
- the imagined abode of departed souls or spirits; Hades.
- a region below the surface, as of the earth or a body of water.
- the opposite side of the earth; the antipodes.
- Archaic. the earth.
Origin of underworld
Examples from the Web for underworld
For most heroes, the second cycle of the monomyth involves a physical journey into the underworld.
Rick flees the underworld, in this case the prison, and returns to the world as a hero.
In actuality, an encounter with a goddess of the underworld is another step in the second cycle of the monomyth.
The conservation world, Carlisle says, is “not prepared to take on underworld.”South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
The ancient Maya believed that the underworld of caves was home to gods that controlled rainfall and harvest bounties.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors
August 14, 2014
It was to him preposterous, for she was one of that underworld against which he was ruthlessly at war.Within the Law
She died of the sting, and was lost to him in the Underworld.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
He would also conduct through his underworld any one who had the leisure and inclination.The Book of Khalid
It means what it meant to Orpheus when he followed Eurydice to the underworld.Glory of Youth
"Well, let us get busy with the underworld of Japan," Jack said.Boy Scouts in the Philippines
G. Harvey Ralphson
- criminals and their associates considered collectively
- (as modifier)underworld connections
- the regions below the earth's surface regarded as the abode of the dead; Hades
Word Origin and History for underworld
c.1600, "the lower world, Hades," also "the earth," as distinguished from heaven. Cf. German unterwelt, Dutch onderwereld, Danish underverden. Meaning "lower level of society" is first recorded 1890; "criminals and organized crime collectively" is attested from 1900.