Definition of Hades in English:


proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • 1The underworld; the land of the spirits of the dead.

    1. 1.1The god of the underworld, one of the sons of Cronus.
      Also called pluto
    2. 1.2informal Hell.
      • ‘The number of women worldwide over all history consigned to Hades by Roger for having abortions must be in the hundreds of millions.’
      • ‘He has not got a snowball's chance in the flames of Hades of convincing me!’
      • ‘Nevertheless, it is a non-profit-making venture without a hope in Hades of bagging corporate sponsorship.’
      • ‘It's good stuff, too, straight out of the earth and hot as Hades, and you can boil a teakettle in a couple of minutes.’
      • ‘Andy, Markie, and Sarah all got in a Hades and warned Kevin not to shoot them.’
      • ‘They are infernal machines, designed by Satan's minions in the darkest recesses of Hades.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, our heroine is dead and in Hades, retelling her story from across the River Styx.’
      • ‘But better not inflame passions with references to Hades or the netherworld?’
      • ‘My life, also know as Hades, turned into hell when my mother passed away.’
      • ‘I said, moments after I had given a resounding cheer that we had, for the last time, descended from Hades.’
      • ‘Most people ended up in Hades, a dark, gloomy place with howling dogs, screaming monsters and the souls of the dead.’
      • ‘Much to my surprise he had gone to Hades or hell as you know it - and overthrew its ruler of darkness.’
      • ‘When I tried to help these patients my practice and my life descended into the equivalent of a medical Hades.’
      • ‘And so, this reform group set about innovating a series of technical changes which would begin to blast the hierarchy to Hades.’
      • ‘However, this being the mortal plane and not Hades, these various screw-ups all had a happy ending.’
      • ‘If there is justice in the afterlife, he is getting banged around Hades like a brick in a clothes drier.’
      • ‘Until you find the Kingdom of Hades, your bodies will stay as lifeless as stone.’
      • ‘He gave them weights and measures, taught them all arts, and escorted the dead to Hades.’
      • ‘The romance between he and his beloved is legend as is his decent to Hades.’
      • ‘If you are a litterer, enjoy it because you are surely going to Hades for your sins.’
      hell, the underworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the netherworld, the nether regions, the abyss
      eternal damnation, eternal punishment, perdition
      gehenna, tophet, abaddon
      tartarus, acheron
      the other place
      the pit, the shades
      the lower world
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From Greek Haidēs, of unknown origin.