One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
proper nounGreek Mythology
1The underworld; the land of the spirits of the dead.
- 1.1 The god of the underworld, one of the sons of Cronus.Also called Pluto
- 1.2informal Hell.
hell, the underworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the netherworld, the nether regions, the abyssView synonyms
- ‘He has not got a snowball's chance in the flames of Hades of convincing me!’
- ‘Until you find the Kingdom of Hades, your bodies will stay as lifeless as stone.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But better not inflame passions with references to Hades or the netherworld?’
- ‘If there is justice in the afterlife, he is getting banged around Hades like a brick in a clothes drier.’
- ‘And so, this reform group set about innovating a series of technical changes which would begin to blast the hierarchy to Hades.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I said, moments after I had given a resounding cheer that we had, for the last time, descended from Hades.’
- ‘If you are a litterer, enjoy it because you are surely going to Hades for your sins.’
- ‘Unfortunately, our heroine is dead and in Hades, retelling her story from across the River Styx.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The number of women worldwide over all history consigned to Hades by Roger for having abortions must be in the hundreds of millions.’
- ‘Nevertheless, it is a non-profit-making venture without a hope in Hades of bagging corporate sponsorship.’
- ‘My life, also know as Hades, turned into hell when my mother passed away.’
- ‘However, this being the mortal plane and not Hades, these various screw-ups all had a happy ending.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most people ended up in Hades, a dark, gloomy place with howling dogs, screaming monsters and the souls of the dead.’
- 1.1 The god of the underworld, one of the sons of Cronus.
From Greek Haidēs, of unknown origin.
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