Definition of hellfire in English:

hellfire

noun

mass noun
  • The fire or fires regarded as existing in hell.

    ‘threats of hellfire and damnation’
    • ‘I decided that I might as well go down in a blaze of flames and hellfire if they can't read past my personal sentiments to try to understand my point of view.’
    • ‘Everything changes with the arrival of a reactionary Scots missionary preaching hellfire and damnation.’
    • ‘For the record, I was raised in a Christian home and both of my parents were ordained hellfire and brimstone ministers.’
    • ‘These sermons are not delivered in the old language of hellfire and damnation.’
    • ‘A hellfire preacher wearing desert-style camouflage fatigues was holding forth from a stage ringed in sand bags.’
    • ‘The power of the Puritan clergy was maintained by their terrifying hellfire sermons.’
    • ‘Personally, I was surprised that this film even received a G rating with all the talk of hellfire and damnation going around.’
    • ‘He plunged into his next project after watching a TV evangelist hurling threats of hellfire.’
    • ‘Though it was night and darkness had fallen, she could still make out one building, blazing like hellfire.’
    • ‘The pastor wags his finger at me in hellfire preaching mode.’
    • ‘And he preached anticommunist hellfire as well as anyone else on the circuit.’
    • ‘The original readers of the New England Primer began their studies with the prospect of heaven ahead and hellfire behind and on both sides.’
    • ‘Fantasising about being a saint in the city and obsessing on the prospect of eternal hellfire, Charlie realises he must atone for his sins.’
    • ‘Often, to stress the moral as well as legal rectitude of the proceedings, a minister would go round when the notices were read out in English to threaten the people with hellfire in Gaelic if they showed any disobedience.’
    • ‘Our worldview has been dictated to us by our parents, grandparents, teachers, priests, ministers and rabbis and enforced under penalty of hellfire.’
    • ‘It's always possible to posit ‘optimism’ up until the point when the whole place actually erupts spontaneously into hellfire.’
    • ‘Just the name ‘Magic Boy’ conjures up images of a powerful young sorcerer who can raise the dead and rain hellfire down on his enemies.’
    • ‘We should not have had to threaten these responsible bodies with hellfire and brimstone before the conditions were improved.’
    • ‘The fear of hellfire, coupled with the anger this concept inspired, motivated those hateful acts.’
    • ‘They were a deep, piercing red, the color of hellfire.’
    the netherworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the Inferno, the nether regions, the abyss

Pronunciation

hellfire

/ˈhɛlfʌɪə/