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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ha•desˈheɪ diz(n.)

  1. (in Greek myth) the underworld inhabited by the spirits of the dead.

    Category: Mythology

  2. the ancient Greek god ruling over the underworld.

    Category: Peoples

  3. (in the Revised Version of the New Testament) the abode of the dead.

    Category: Bible

  4. (often l.c.) hell.

Ha•de•anheɪˈdi ən, ˈheɪ di ən(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pluto, Hades, Aides, Aidoneus(noun)

    (Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone

  2. Hell, Hades, infernal region, netherworld, Scheol, underworld(noun)

    (religion) the world of the dead

    "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis

Wiktionary

  1. Hades(ProperNoun)

    The god of the underworld and ruler of the dead, son of Cronus and Rhea, brother to Zeus, Poseidon

  2. Hades(ProperNoun)

    the underworld, the domain of Hades, by transference from its god

  3. Hades(ProperNoun)

    In the Septuagint Bible, the Greek translation of Sheol

  4. Hades(ProperNoun)

    Hell

  5. Origin: From ᾍδης.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hades(noun)

    the nether world (according to classical mythology, the abode of the shades, ruled over by Hades or Pluto); the invisible world; the grave

Freebase

  1. Hades

    Hades was the ancient Greek god of the underworld. Eventually, the god's name came to designate the abode of the dead. In Greek mythology, Hades is the oldest male child of Cronus and Rhea considering the order of birth from the mother, or the youngest, considering the regurgitation by the father. The latter view is attested in Poseidon's speech in the Iliad. According to myth, he and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the cosmos, ruling the underworld, air, and sea, respectively; the solid earth, long the province of Gaia, was available to all three concurrently. Later the Greeks started referring to the god as Plouton, which the Romans Latinized as Pluto. The Romans would associate Hades/Pluto with their own chthonic gods, Dis Pater and Orcus. The corresponding Etruscan god was Aita. He is often pictured with the three-headed dog Cerberus. In the later mythological tradition, though not in antiquity, he is associated with the Helm of Darkness and the bident. The term hades in Christian theology is parallel to Hebrew sheol, and refers to the abode of the dead. The Christian concept of hell is more akin to and communicated by the Greek concept of Tartarus, a deep, gloomy part of hades used as a dungeon of torment and suffering.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hades

    the dark abode of the shades of the dead in the nether world, the entrance into which, on the confines of the Western Ocean, is unvisited by a single ray of the sun; originally the god of the nether world, and a synonym of Pluto (q. v.).

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