hellish vs infernal what difference

what is difference between hellish and infernal

English

Etymology

hell +‎ -ish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛlɪʃ/

Adjective

hellish (comparative more hellish, superlative most hellish)

  1. Causing pain, discomfort or distress.
    Synonyms: awful, horrible, infernal, nightmarish, terrible
    Antonym: heavenly

Related terms

  • hell

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle French infernal, from Medieval Latin infernalis, from Latin īnfernus, from īnferum (netherworld, underworld, hell).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈfɜː(ɹ)nəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈfəɹnəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)nəl

Adjective

infernal (comparative more infernal, superlative most infernal)

  1. Of or relating to hell, or the world of the dead; hellish.
  2. (by extension) Of or relating to a fire or inferno.
  3. Stygian, gloomy.
  4. Diabolical or fiendish.
    • Th’ infernal Serpent; he it was, whose guile
      Stird up with Envy and Revenge, deceiv’d
      The Mother of Mankind
    • the instruments or abettors in such infernal dealings
  5. (as an expletive, not vulgar) Very annoying; damned.
    • 1905, Bram Stoker, The Man
      As I had to put up with the patronage and the lecturings, and the eyeglass of that infernal old woman, []

Antonyms

  • (of or relating to hell): heavenly
  • (of or relating to hell, underworld or fire): celestial

Related terms

  • infernal device
  • infernally
  • infernal machine
  • inferno

Translations

Noun

infernal (plural infernals)

  1. (obsolete) An inhabitant of the infernal regions.

References

infernal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin infernālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.fɛʁ.nal/

Adjective

infernal (feminine singular infernale, masculine plural infernaux, feminine plural infernales)

  1. infernal (relating to hell)
  2. (figuratively) infernal, hellish, awful, terrible

Related terms

  • enfer

Further reading

  • “infernal” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Old French

Etymology

From Latin infernālis

Adjective

infernal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular infernale)

  1. infernal (relating to hell)

Declension

Descendants

  • English: infernal
  • French: infernal
  • Norman: înfèrna

Portuguese

Adjective

infernal m or f (plural infernais, comparable)

  1. (Christianity) hellish; infernal (from or relating to hell)
  2. diabolical; evil; infernal
    Synonyms: mau, diabólico, maldoso

Related terms

  • inferno

Romanian

Etymology

From French infernal, from Latin infernalis.

Adjective

infernal m or n (feminine singular infernală, masculine plural infernali, feminine and neuter plural infernale)

  1. infernal

Declension


Spanish

Etymology

From Latin infernalis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /infeɾˈnal/, [ĩɱ.feɾˈnal]

Adjective

infernal (plural infernales)

  1. (relational) hell; infernal (of or relating to hell)
  2. infernal, hellish (diabolical, fiendish)
  3. infernal, hellish, hellacious, hell of (very annoying, damned)

Related terms

  • infierno

Further reading

  • “infernal” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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