inferno

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Inferno (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton","a demon from the depths of the pit","Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson"
    • n inferno a very intense and uncontrolled fire
    • n inferno any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle","the inferno of the engine room","when you're alone Christmas is the pits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inferno A raging fire. "At each sudden explosion in the inferno below they sprang back from the brink [of the volcanic crater]."
    • Inferno The infernal regions; hell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inferno Hell; the infernal regions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inferno (It.) hell, the title and the subject of one of the divisions of Dante's great poem, La Divina Commedia
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Quotations

  • Nicholas Goodison
    Nicholas Goodison
    “The inventor of the Xerox machine will, I am sure, find a special place reserved for him on one of the inner circles of Dante's Inferno.”
  • Arnold Bennett
    Arnold%20Bennett
    “Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.”
  • Carl Jung
    Carl%20Jung
    “A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Infernal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. infernusinferus.

Usage

In literature:

Dante could have found new horrors for the "Inferno" in the voyage as I made it.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
The clearing was a scene out of the Inferno.
"Warrior Race" by Robert Sheckley
To the reporter came a vision of a throbbing, glaring inferno, wherein he was shaken and tossed by terrific forces.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Thanks to the patriot's influence, the Paradise was soon to become an Inferno.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The fumes from that inferno rose straight up.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
Instantly the scene below was an inferno.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The Forts and the Libs rode into that blazing inferno of fire without wavering or shifting formation.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Without hesitation he plunged into that inferno of human passions.
"Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements" by Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan
It was an inferno of shifting lights and long leaping shadows.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
How could he himself go on living in this inferno?
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
It was Ka-yemo and his teeth were chattering at the thought of the inferno without.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
So true is this that one might say that they have an inferno both in this and in the other world.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
It would be an inferno for you, and none the less equally terrible for me!
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
Remind him constantly of the Whig inferno from which we have just emerged.
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
Mon Dieu, mon dieu, but it's an inferno, this country!
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The upper air was quickly converted into an inferno of bursting shells and whining missiles of jagged steel.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
His system in the "Inferno" is briefly this.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
His novels are infernos.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The hermit in the Tower of Dago included in his studies that centre of the other infernos, the sun.
"The Tower of Dago" by Mór Jókai
The audience, enraptured with the climax, became an inferno of passion, laughter tears and felicity!
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
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In poetry:

"Poeta volontieri
Parlerei a que' duo che' insieme vanno,
E pajon si al vento esser leggieri."
Dell' Inferno, Canto .
"To Dante" by Frances Anne Kemble
I desiderii miei
Non han confine, e, novello Epulone,
In questo inferno, ove innocente caddi,
Io mille volte vo' morir di sete
Pria di volgermi a te pietosamente
Mendicando una gocciola!
"Alba" by Ferdinando Fontana
-I sang in those days against the inferno,
against the sharp languages of greed,
against the gold drenched in the torment,
against the hand that rose the whip, against the maestros of darkness.
"Castro Alves From Brazil" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Eight escape inferno in Napier.
Beauty and the Inferno .
'Orestes 3.0: Inferno ' a visual feast of the Greeks.
Inferno Lindsay Lohan posters from Inferno .
ALICIA KEYS SINGS 'GIRL ON FIRE ( INFERNO )'.
Inferno files for Chapter 11.
Yes, Inferno : 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die'.
How Dante's ' Inferno ' Became Modern.
Mary Jo Bang's translation of Dante's Inferno replaces his original references with more current ones like Bob Dylan, the paintings of Rodin, and Star Trek.
The '50 Shades' effect: 'Gabriel's Inferno ' lands major publisher.
Wildfire photographer Kari Greer goes inside the inferno .
Constantin ignites 'Green Inferno '.
Camden inferno kills toddler, injures five others.
Eli Roth Will Direct Horror-Thriller 'The Green Inferno '.
Romney oversimplifies debt ' inferno '.
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In science:

The basis for his model is observations of eucalypt forest fires which appeared either to burn quiescently or as raging infernos.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
The main difference between Inferno-type models [1, 3] and the present one is the way of determining the mean ionization Z ∗ .
Variational Average-Atom in Quantum Plasmas (VAAQP) - first numerical results
In the Inferno type models, it stems from the neutrality of the WS sphere whereas in the present one it is obtained from the variational principle (10).
Variational Average-Atom in Quantum Plasmas (VAAQP) - first numerical results
WS sphere (NWS): Z = Z|~r |≤RW S The condition based on Eq. 11 is used in the Inferno model.
Variational Average-Atom in Quantum Plasmas (VAAQP) - first numerical results
However calculations reported here with Eq. 11 do not correspond exactly to the Inferno model as in our case the potential outside the WS sphere is not set to be zero.
Variational Average-Atom in Quantum Plasmas (VAAQP) - first numerical results
Purgatorio - a new implementation of the Inferno algorithm. J.
Variational Average-Atom in Quantum Plasmas (VAAQP) - first numerical results
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