What does underworld mean?

Definitions for underworld
ˈʌn dərˌwɜrldun·der·world

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. underworldnoun

    the criminal class

  2. Hell, Hades, infernal region, netherworld, Scheol, underworldnoun

    (religion) the world of the dead

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


  1. underworldnoun

    That part of society that is engaged in crime or vice.

  2. underworldnoun

    The world of the dead, located underneath the world of the living; the afterlife.

  3. Underworldnoun

    A name for the realm of ancestors in Heathenry.


  1. Underworld

    The underworld, also known as the netherworld or hell, is the supernatural world of the dead in various religious traditions and myths, located below the world of the living. Chthonic is the technical adjective for things of the underworld. The concept of an underworld is found in almost every civilization and "may be as old as humanity itself". Common features of underworld myths are accounts of living people making journeys to the underworld, often for some heroic purpose. Other myths reinforce traditions that entrance of souls to the underworld requires a proper observation of ceremony, such as the ancient Greek story of the recently dead Patroclus haunting Achilles until his body could be properly buried for this purpose. Persons having social status were dressed and equipped in order to better navigate the underworld.A number of mythologies incorporate the concept of the soul of the deceased making its own journey to the underworld, with the dead needing to be taken across a defining obstacle such as a lake or a river to reach this destination. Imagery of such journeys can be found in both ancient and modern art. The descent to the underworld has been described as "the single most important myth for Modernist authors".


  1. underworld

    The underworld is a term referring to a realm of the dead or the hidden, often depicted in various mythologies and belief systems. It is usually imagined as a subterranean world or beneath the surface of the earth where spirits, ghosts, or deceased souls reside. In modern context, the term can also refer to the criminal underbelly of society, encompassing all those involved in illicit activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underworldnoun

    the lower of inferior world; the world which is under the heavens; the earth

  2. Underworldnoun

    the mythological place of departed souls; Hades

  3. Underworldnoun

    the portion of the world which is below the horizon; the opposite side of the world; the antipodes

  4. Underworldnoun

    the inferior part of mankind


  1. Underworld

    The underworld or netherworld is thought to be deep underground or beneath the surface of the world in most religions and mythologies. Typically it is a place where the souls of the recently departed go, an afterlife or a realm of the dead. Chthonic is the technical adjective for things of the underworld.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underworld in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underworld in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of underworld in a Sentence

  1. Marc Broude:

    Do dead people like music? I hope they listen to mine if they do, in their coffins, in the cold underworld, between the mind and the body in an insomniac wall of sleep.

  2. David Sweeney:

    These compact remnants of dead stars show a fundamentally different distribution and structure to the visible galaxy, the ‘height’ of the galactic underworld is over three times larger in the Milky Way itself. And an amazing 30 percent of objects have been completely ejected from the galaxy.

  3. Seth Ferranti:

    In the streets and in the criminal underworld when you do something like that you’re basically looked upon as a hero, you earn points, you earn stripes.

  4. Seth Ferranti:

    He was fearless, he was reckless and he basically didn’t care what anyone else thought and did what he wanted to do, that old street justice, death before dishonor outlaw creed, is still there especially in the criminal underworld and in prison, so stuff like that can catch up to you. It doesn't always catch up to you. But in Alpo’s case, it did.

  5. Edwin M. Schur:

    [When a victimless criminal] is treated as an enemy of society, he almost necessarily becomes one. Forced into criminal acts, immersed in underworld-related supply networks, and ever-conscious of the need to evade the police, his outlooks as well as behavior become more and more anti-social.

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  • podsvětíCzech
  • annwfn, annwnWelsh
  • underverdenDanish
  • Verbrecherwelt, Unterwelt, HalbweltGerman
  • άδης, τάρταρα, υπόκοσμοςGreek
  • infero, submondoEsperanto
  • hampa, submundo, más allá, inframundoSpanish
  • manala, toonela, allmaailm, allilmEstonian
  • alamaailma, tuonela, manalaFinnish
  • skuggaheimur, brotsmannaheimur, undirheimur, helheimur, brotsmannaverðFaroese
  • autre monde, pègre, au-delà, monde souterrainFrench
  • domhan thíosIrish
  • alvilágHungarian
  • undirheimarIcelandic
  • malavitaItalian
  • 黄泉, 暗黒街, 地獄, 下層Japanese
  • ក្រុមមនុស្សប្រព្រឹត្តិបទឧក្រិដ្ឋ, នរកKhmer
  • orcus, inferisLatin
  • underverdenNorwegian
  • dodenrijk, onderwereld, schimmenrijk, misdaadwereld, boevenwereldDutch
  • underNorwegian
  • męt, zaświatyPolish
  • abismo, submundoPortuguese
  • [[потусторонний]] [[мир]], преисподняя, [[преступный]] [[мир]], [[загробный]] [[мир]], тот свет, дноRussian
  • podzemljeSerbo-Croatian
  • podsvetieSlovak
  • undre världen, undre värld, dödsrikeSwedish
  • злочинний світUkrainian

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