• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hellish 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"
    • adj hellish very unpleasant "hellish weather","stop that god-awful racket"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hellish Of or pertaining to hell; like hell; infernal; malignant; wicked; detestable; diabolical. "Hellish hate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hellish Pertaining to hell; fit for or like hell; infernal; malignant; wicked.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hellish pertaining to or like hell: very wicked
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  • Nicholas Breton
    Nicholas Breton
    “Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume: the hellish cycle is complete.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hel; Ice. hel, Ger. hölle.


In literature:

Even the shrieks of the wounded went unheard in that hellish babel of sound.
"Under the Ensign of the Rising Sun" by Harry Collingwood
A hellish thought at this moment arose in the mind of the outlaw.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
Three empires, two kingdoms, and a great republic resounded with the hellish din of arming twenty million men.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Or, when there can be found their Pictures, Poppets, and other Hellish Compositions.
"The Wonders of the Invisible World" by Cotton Mather
The old penology regarded him as a hopeless individual and proceeded with its hellish tortures without undue delay.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Jane realized the hellishness of this move which with cruel certainty would break the yielding neck.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Were they building their city from the sand of the desert, these hellish glaciers?
"Spawn of the Comet" by Harold Thompson Rich
We're in the heart of the storm, and the mosquitoes are hellish.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Others in the cutter had noted the incident of the hellish fight.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
In the mind of Sarka the Second there still loomed a hellish doubt that would not down.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various

In poetry:

I'm sinful, yet I have no sin;
All spotted o'er, yet wholly clean.
Blackness and beauty both I share,
A hellish black, a heav'nly fair.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Christ is the shepherd, that, among
The savage crew and hellish throng
To find us, ventur'd first to come,
And brought us on his shoulders home.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
“Thy sleep shall be broken and sharp
And filled with fierce spasms and dreams,
And shadow shall haunt thee and harp
On hellish and horrible themes!
"Australia Vindex" by Henry Kendall
Yet though they never cease to beat,
(Their hellish rancour is so great!)
And bruise the damn'd almost to death,
They never stop to take their breath.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
It seemeth strange, that flesh and blood
Should hold such ghostly, hellish things,
And also things supremely good,
Which might not shame an angel's wings.
"Things Mysterious" by Thomas Frederick Young
With demon's shriek or angel's voice,
'Mid hellish gloom, or heav'nly light,
Thought haunts our path o'er land and sea,
And dwells with us, by day and night.
"Thought" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Director Tony Kaye's depiction of a substitute teacher's hellish experience in a public high school makes his "American History X" seem lighthearted by comparison.
INTERVIEWS Watch Reptile Youth's Hellish , NSFW 'Dead End' Video.
And you thought your schooldays were hellish .
10-year-long video game creates ' hellish nightmare' world.
Best-selling author Anthony Swofford talks about hitting bottom – and inspiration for the hellish R.V.
Dealing With a Hellish Boss.
Pain caused his hellish descent.
43 pm ET It's a hellish scene: Giant sheets of flame racing across the Gulf of Mexico as thick, black smoke billows high into sky.
The only good thing about 120-degree heat is that the snowbirds who invade the Valley every winter can't bear the hellish temps and retreat to the comforts of their hometowns.
And you thought your schooldays were hellish.
You've had a long day at work, a hellish commute and finally have arrived home.
A Texas woman has decided to sue Continental Airlines and three other air carriers for mental trauma she endured during a particularly hellish flight.
Speaking of pigs , the McRib sandwich has some bad PR and "hellish"practices associated with it.
It's even known by the vaguely hellish Vampyroteuthis infernalis.
In the first and third movements, Rattle 's considerable range of dynamics was movingly effective, and I think his Scherzo may be the best I've heard—overpowering and hellish, and never lacking in precision.