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Hell vs. Purgatory

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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.’;

Purgatorynoun

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Hellproper noun

The place where devils live and where sinners suffer after death

‘May you rot in hell!’;

Purgatorynoun

Any situation where suffering is endured, particularly as part of a process of redemption.

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.’;

Purgatoryadjective

Tending to cleanse; expiatory.

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Hellnoun

(countable) A place for gambling.

Purgatoryadjective

Tending to cleanse; cleansing; expiatory.

Hellnoun

(figuratively) An extremely hot place.

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

Purgatorynoun

A state or place of purification after death; according to the Roman Catholic creed, a place, or a state believed to exist after death, in which the souls of persons are purified by expiating such offenses committed in this life as do not merit eternal damnation, or in which they fully satisfy the justice of God for sins that have been forgiven. After this purgation from the impurities of sin, the souls are believed to be received into heaven.

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.’;

Purgatorynoun

a temporary condition of torment or suffering;

‘a purgatory of drug abuse’;

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Hellnoun

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

Purgatorynoun

(theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins

Hellnoun

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

Purgatorynoun

(in Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven

‘the punishment of souls in purgatory’; ‘all her sins were forgiven and she would not need to go to Purgatory’;

Hellinterjection

Used to express discontent, unhappiness, or anger.

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

Purgatorynoun

mental anguish or suffering

‘this was purgatory, worse than anything she'd faced in her life’;

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Hellinterjection

Used to emphasize.

‘Hell, yeah!’;

Purgatoryadjective

having the quality of cleansing or purifying

‘infernal punishments are purgatory and medicinal’;

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!’;

Purgatory

Purgatory (Latin: purgatorium, borrowed into English via Anglo-Norman and Old French) is, according to the belief of some Christians (mostly Catholics), an intermediate state after physical death for expiatory purification. The process of purgatory is the final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.

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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