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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hellhoundnoun

    a very evil man

  2. Cerberus, hellhoundnoun

    (Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon


  1. hellhoundnoun

    A demonic dog of Hell, typically of unnaturally large size, strength or speed, black fur, glowing eyes, and ghostly or phantom characteristics.


  1. Hellhound

    A hellhound is a mythological hound that embodies a guardian or a servant of hell, the devil, or the underworld. Hellhounds occur in mythologies around the world, with the best known examples being Cerberus from Greek mythology, Garmr from Norse mythology, the black dogs of English folklore, and the fairy hounds of Celtic mythology. Physical characteristics vary, but they are commonly black, anomalously overgrown, supernaturally strong, and often have red eyes or accompanied by flames.


  1. hellhound

    A hellhound is a mythical creature often found in folklore and mythology, acknowledged across various cultures and religions. It is typically depicted as a supernatural or demonic dog with menacing features, often associated with the afterlife, death or the supernatural. Features and abilities associated with hellhounds can include glowing red or yellow eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, and a foul odor. They are often said to be the guard dogs of the underworld, or are associated with hell or the devil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hellhoundnoun

    a dog of hell; an agent of hell

  2. Etymology: [AS. hellehund.]


  1. Hellhound

    A hellhound is a supernatural dog, found in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world, similar to the ubiquitous dragon. Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include black fur, glowing red or sometimes glowing yellow eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, foul odor, and sometimes even the ability to talk. Legend says that if someone is to stare into its eyes three times or more, the person will definitely die. In cultures that associate the afterlife with fire, hellhounds may have fire-based abilities and appearance. They are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding a supernatural treasure. In European legends, seeing a hellhound or hearing it howl may be either an omen of death or even a cause of death. Some supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cŵn Annwn, were actually believed to be benign. However, encountering them was still considered to be a sign of imminent death.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hellhound in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hellhound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of hellhound in a Sentence

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A occlusive
    B ravening
    C defiant
    D elusive

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