• WordNet 3.6
    • n Gehenna a place where the wicked are punished after death
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Gehenna (Jewish Hist) The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where some of the Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch, which, on this account, was afterward regarded as a place of abomination, and made a receptacle for all the refuse of the city, perpetual fires being kept up in order to prevent pestilential effluvia. In the New Testament the name is transferred, by an easy metaphor, to Hell. "The pleasant valley of Hinnom. Tophet thence
      And black Gehenna called, the type of Hell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Gehenna In Jewish hist., the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, in which was Tophet, where the Israelites once sacrificed their children to Moloch (2 Ki. xxiii. 10). Hence the place was after-ward regarded as a place of abomination; into it was thrown the refuse of the city, and, according to some authorities, fires were kept burning in it to prevent pestilence.
    • n Gehenna In the Bible, the place of the future punishment of the wicked: a transliteration of the Greek word γέεννα, which the authorized version translates hell and hell-fire, and the revised version hell of fire and hell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gehenna ge-hen′a the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, in which the Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch, and to which, at a later time, the refuse of the city was conveyed to be slowly burned—hence (N.T.) hell.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Gehenna, Gr. Ge`enna, Heb. Gē Hinnōm,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Heb. Ge, valley of, and Hinnom.


In literature:

A valley, sometimes called Gehenna, near Jerusalem, where human sacrifices were burned to the heathen god Moloch.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
Gehenna is beneath the lowest part of the earth and the seas of darkness.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
One broadside and these Turks would go scampering down to Gehenna.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
I hope never again to see the sight that might well have suggested Gehenna to a less active imagination than Dante's.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
In September, 1847, a minion of justice invaded her Gehenna, then at No.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
Blackbeard enjoyed their sufferings, taunting them as milksops and poltroons who could not endure even this taste of Gehenna.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
How in Gehenna did they get in there?
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
If he consigned you to Gehenna, he would do it with bland graciousness; and if he swore at all, he would swear in Latin.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
God burn him in Gehenna.
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke
A perfect Gehenna of torment and of the stinging of conscience was awakened within him.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann

In poetry:

Fancy food and wealthy drink
Raise Gehenna with a gink;
Pastry, terrapin, and cheeses
Bring on gout and swell diseases.
"That For Money!" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Show me a love that nothing bates,
Absolute, self-severe—
Even at Gehenna's prayerless gates
I should not "taint with fear."
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Then thank him for the terrors He employ'd,
And the correction He so kindly sent :
Since He might utterly have thee destroy'd,
Or in Gehenna's gloomy prison pent.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard
If thou'dst be happy, mind this useful rule,
"Call not another by opprobious names:"
For he, that calls his fellow-creature, fool,
Deserves to feel Gehenna's fiercest flames.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
Some thousands now in fell Gehenna groan,
Who wou'd endure a greater load of pain,
And there for years unnumber'd make their moan,
Cou'd they, then, hope redemption to obtain.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard