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[mass noun] The fire or fires regarded as existing in hell:‘threats of hellfire and damnation’
the netherworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the inferno, the nether regions, the abyssView synonyms
- ‘He plunged into his next project after watching a TV evangelist hurling threats of hellfire.’
- ‘Often, to stress the moral as well as legal rectitude of the proceedings, a minister would go round when the notices were read out in English to threaten the people with hellfire in Gaelic if they showed any disobedience.’
- ‘The power of the Puritan clergy was maintained by their terrifying hellfire sermons.’
- ‘Fantasising about being a saint in the city and obsessing on the prospect of eternal hellfire, Charlie realises he must atone for his sins.’
- ‘The fear of hellfire, coupled with the anger this concept inspired, motivated those hateful acts.’
- ‘They were a deep, piercing red, the color of hellfire.’
- ‘Personally, I was surprised that this film even received a G rating with all the talk of hellfire and damnation going around.’
- ‘Our worldview has been dictated to us by our parents, grandparents, teachers, priests, ministers and rabbis and enforced under penalty of hellfire.’
- ‘I decided that I might as well go down in a blaze of flames and hellfire if they can't read past my personal sentiments to try to understand my point of view.’
- ‘And he preached anticommunist hellfire as well as anyone else on the circuit.’
- ‘Everything changes with the arrival of a reactionary Scots missionary preaching hellfire and damnation.’
- ‘These sermons are not delivered in the old language of hellfire and damnation.’
- ‘For the record, I was raised in a Christian home and both of my parents were ordained hellfire and brimstone ministers.’
- ‘The pastor wags his finger at me in hellfire preaching mode.’
- ‘The original readers of the New England Primer began their studies with the prospect of heaven ahead and hellfire behind and on both sides.’
- ‘It's always possible to posit ‘optimism’ up until the point when the whole place actually erupts spontaneously into hellfire.’
- ‘We should not have had to threaten these responsible bodies with hellfire and brimstone before the conditions were improved.’
- ‘Just the name ‘Magic Boy’ conjures up images of a powerful young sorcerer who can raise the dead and rain hellfire down on his enemies.’
- ‘A hellfire preacher wearing desert-style camouflage fatigues was holding forth from a stage ringed in sand bags.’
- ‘Though it was night and darkness had fallen, she could still make out one building, blazing like hellfire.’
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