Synonyms of hell in English:


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1‘they feared they would be consumed by flames in hell’


the netherworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the Inferno, the nether regions, the abyss

the abode of the damned, eternal damnation, eternal punishment, perdition

hellfire, fire and brimstone

Gehenna, Tophet, Abaddon


Hades, Tartarus, Acheron



literary the pit, the shades

archaic the lower world



2‘he made her life hell’


a misery, purgatory, hell on earth, torture, agony, a torment, a nightmare, an ordeal, a trauma

suffering, affliction, anguish, wretchedness, woe, tribulation, trials and tribulations




    get hell

      ‘later he got hell from his father’


      be severely reprimanded, be upbraided, be scolded, get a scolding, be admonished, be castigated, be rebuked, be chastised, be censured, be criticized severely, be taken to task, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals


      catch it, get what for, be told off, get into deep water, get into hot water, get into shtook, get a dressing-down, get an earful, get a roasting, get a rocket, get a rollicking, get a rap over the knuckles, get a slap on the wrist


      be praised, be commended

    give someone hell

      1‘when the truth came out I gave him hell’


      reprimand severely, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure


      tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, come down hard on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, blast, rag, keelhaul

      British informal

      tick off, have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging

      North American informal

      chew out, ream out

      Australian informal


      British informal, vulgar slang

      bollock, give someone a bollocking

      North American informal, vulgar slang

      chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass

      informal, dated

      call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim

      informal, rare

      reprehend, objurgate


      praise, commend

      2‘she gave me hell when I was her junior’


      harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, pester, bother, worry, annoy, trouble, bully, intimidate, pick on, bait, molest, bedevil, victimize, terrorize

      North American informal



      hassle, give someone a hard time, get on someone's back, make it hot for someone, make things hot for someone

      Australian informal



      leave in peace

    hell for leather

      ‘the cars went hurtling down the lane, hell for leather’


      as fast as possible, as quickly as possible, very fast, very quickly, very rapidly, very speedily, very swiftly, hurriedly, at full speed, at the double, at full tilt, at full pelt, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, pell-mell, helter-skelter, at the speed of light, at breakneck speed, like an arrow from a bow


      like a bat out of hell, at a lick, like the wind, like greased lightning, at warp speed, like a bomb, like mad, like crazy, like blazes

      British informal

      like the clappers, at a rate of knots, like billy-o

      North American informal



      apace, hurry-scurry


      at moderate speed

    raise hell