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underworld

[ uhn-der-wurld ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌwɜrld /
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noun

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.

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Origin of underworld

First recorded in 1600–10; under- + world
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British Dictionary definitions for underworld

underworld
/ (ˈʌndəˌwɜːld) /

noun

  1. criminals and their associates considered collectively
  2. (as modifier)underworld connections
the regions below the earth's surface regarded as the abode of the dead; Hades

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Related adjectives: chthonian, chthonic
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