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Hell vs. Hello

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Hellproper noun

In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death

‘Some religious people believe that all the followers of the other religions go to hell.’;

Hellointerjection

A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence.

‘Hello, everyone.’;

Hellproper noun

The place where devils live and where sinners suffer after death

‘May you rot in hell!’;

Hellointerjection

A greeting used when answering the telephone.

‘Hello? How may I help you?’;

Hellnoun

A place or situation of great suffering in life.

‘My new boss is making my job a hell.’; ‘I went through hell to get home today.’;

Hellointerjection

A call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have been disconnected.

‘Hello? Is anyone there?’;

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Hellnoun

(countable) A place for gambling.

Hellointerjection

(colloquial) Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish.

‘You just tried to start your car with your cell phone. Hello?’;

Hellnoun

(figuratively) An extremely hot place.

‘You don't have a snowball's chance in hell.’;

Hellointerjection

An expression of puzzlement or discovery.

‘Hello! What’s going on here?’;

Hellnoun

Used as an intensifier in phrases grammatically requiring a noun

‘I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more.’; ‘What the hell is wrong with you?!’; ‘He says he's going home early? Like hell he is.’;

Hellonoun

"Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.

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Hellnoun

(obsolete) A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type.

Helloverb

(transitive) To greet with "hello".

Hellnoun

In certain games of chase, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention.

Hellointerjection

An exclamation used as a greeting, to call attention, as an exclamation of surprise, or to encourage one. This variant of Halloo and Holloo has become the dominant form. In the United States, it is the most common greeting used in answering a telephone.

Hellinterjection

Used to express discontent, unhappiness, or anger.

‘Oh, hell! I got another parking ticket.’;

Hellonoun

an expression of greeting;

‘every morning they exchanged polite hellos’;

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Hellinterjection

Used to emphasize.

‘Hell, yeah!’;

Hello

Hello is a salutation or greeting in the English language. It is first attested in writing from 1826.

Hellinterjection

Used to introduce an intensified statement following an understated one; nay; not only that, but.

‘[Do it, or, r]est assured, there will be no more Middle Eastern crisis – hell, there will be no more Middle East!’;

Hellverb

To add luster to, burnish (silver or gold).

Hellverb

(rare) To pour.

Hellnoun

The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave; - called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks hades.

‘He descended into hell.’; ‘Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.’;

Hellnoun

The place or state of punishment for the wicked after death; the abode of evil spirits. Hence, any mental torment; anguish.

‘It is a knellThat summons thee to heaven or to hell.’;

Hellnoun

A place where outcast persons or things are gathered

Hellverb

To overwhelm.

Hellnoun

any place of pain and turmoil;

‘the hell of battle’; ‘the inferno of the engine room’; ‘when you're alone Christmas is the pits’;

Hellnoun

a cause of difficulty and suffering;

‘war is hell’; ‘go to blazes’;

Hellnoun

(Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment;

‘Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell’; ‘a demon from the depths of the pit’;

Hellnoun

(religion) the world of the dead;

‘he didn't want to go to hell when he died’;

Hellnoun

violent and excited activity;

‘they began to fight like sin’;

Hellnoun

noisy and unrestrained mischief;

‘raising blazes’;

Hellnoun

a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death

‘irreligious children were assumed to have passed straight to the eternal fires of hell’;

Hellnoun

a situation, experience, or place of great suffering

‘I've been through hell’; ‘he made her life hell’;

Hellinterjection

used for emphasis or to express anger, contempt, or surprise

‘who the hell are you?’; ‘oh, hell—where will this all end?’;

Hell

In religion and folklore, hell is an afterlife location in which evil souls are subjected to punitive suffering, often torture, as eternal punishment after death. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations, the biggest examples of which are Christianity and Islam, whereas religions with reincarnation usually depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations, as is the case in the dharmic religions.

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