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Definitions for infernal
ɪnˈfɜr nlin·fer·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. infernaladjective

    an inhabitant of Hell

    "his roar made the infernals quake"

  2. infernaladjective

    characteristic of or resembling Hell

    "infernal noise"; "infernal punishment"

  3. demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholyadjective

    extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

    "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel"; "fires lit up a diabolic scene"; "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils"; "a fiendish despot"; "hellish torture"; "infernal instruments of war"; "satanic cruelty"; "unholy grimaces"

  4. blasted, blame, blamed, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernaladjective

    expletives used informally as intensifiers

    "he's a blasted idiot"; "it's a blamed shame"; "a blame cold winter"; "not a blessed dime"; "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"; "he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"; "a deuced idiot"; "an infernal nuisance"

  5. infernaladjective

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of a very uncontrolled and intense fire

    "infernal heat"

  6. infernaladjective

    being of the underworld

    "infernal regions"


  1. infernaladjective

    of, or relating to hell, or the world of the dead; hellish

  2. infernaladjective

    to a great fire or inferno

  3. infernaladjective

    stygian, gloomy

  4. infernaladjective

    diabolical or fiendish

  5. infernaladjective

    very annoying; damned

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Infernaladjective

    Hellish; tartarean.

    Etymology: infernal, French; infernus, Latin.

    His gigantick limbs, with large embrace,
    Infold nine acres of infernal space. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. infernal

    Infernal generally means related to hell or the underworld. It is often associated with something extremely unpleasant, annoying, or difficult. It can also be used to describe something as devilish or diabolically evil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infernaladjective

    of or pertaining to or suitable for the lower regions, inhabited, according to the ancients, by the dead; pertaining to Pluto's realm of the dead, the Tartarus of the ancients

  2. Infernaladjective

    of or pertaining to, resembling, or inhabiting, hell; suitable for hell, or to the character of the inhabitants of hell; hellish; diabolical; as, infernal spirits, or conduct

  3. Infernalnoun

    an inhabitant of the infernal regions; also, the place itself


  1. Infernal

    Infernal is dance/pop group from Denmark, consisting of members Lina Rafn and Paw Lagermann. They made their Danish debut in 1997 with the release of the track "Sorti de L'enfer", and have gone on to international chart success in recent years. Their most successful single to date has been "From Paris to Berlin", which charted well in many European countries throughout 2006 and 2007. In addition to the original single, an alternate version was released in the UK titled "From London to Berlin", supporting England in the 2006 Football World Cup. Infernal have released four studio albums, with the 1998 debut album Infernal Affairs reaching double platinum sales in Denmark. Their mainstream breakthrough came with From Paris to Berlin from 2004, and the success continued with Electric Cabaret in 2008, certified with double platinum and platinum, respectively. Paw Lagermann and Lina Rafn have made a comeback in 2012 as a duo called Paw & Lina with the hit single "Stolt af mig selv?"

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Infernal

    in-fėr′nal, adj. belonging to the lower regions: resembling or suitable to hell, devilish: outrageous.—n. Infernal′ity.—adv. Infer′nally.—n. Infer′no (It.), hell, the title and the subject of one of the divisions of Dante's great poem, La Divina Commedia.—Infernal machine, a contrivance made to resemble some ordinary harmless object, but charged with a dangerous explosive. [Fr.,—L. infernusinferus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infernal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infernal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of infernal in a Sentence

  1. Butler:

    There needs no other charm, nor conjuror, To raise infernal spirits up, but Fear, That makes men pull their horns in, like a snail, That?s both a prisoner to itself and jail; Draws more fantastic shapes than in the grains Of knotted wood, in some men?s crazy brains, When all the cocks they think they are, and bulls, Are only in the insides of their skulls.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

    How many people are ready to die for beauty, prepared to go through an infernal desert of starvation. Absence of beauty means ultimate loneliness. Absence of beauty means guilt and exile into a no-man’s land. Life is an outcast’s journey through a gloomy valley, when beauty has forsaken. ("Absence of beauty was like hell").

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    The fickleness of the women whom I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

  4. Arthur Koestler:

    When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.

  5. Jean Baudrillard:

    There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

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