Synonyms of hell in English:


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1‘they feared they would be consumed by flames in hell’

the netherworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the Inferno, the nether regions, the abyss
the abode of the damned, eternal damnation, eternal punishment, perdition
hellfire, fire and brimstone
Gehenna, Tophet, Abaddon
Hades, Tartarus, Acheron
literary the pit, the shades
archaic the lower world


2‘he made her life hell’

a misery, purgatory, hell on earth, torture, agony, a torment, a nightmare, an ordeal, a trauma
suffering, affliction, anguish, wretchedness, woe, tribulation, trials and tribulations



    get hell

    ‘later he got hell from his father’

    be severely reprimanded, be upbraided, be scolded, get a scolding, be admonished, be castigated, be rebuked, be chastised, be censured, be criticized severely, be taken to task, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals
    catch it, get what for, be told off, get into deep water, get into hot water, get into shtook, get a dressing-down, get an earful, get a roasting, get a rocket, get a rollicking, get a rap over the knuckles, get a slap on the wrist

    be praised, be commended

    raise hell

    1‘they were hollering and raising hell’

    cause a disturbance, cause a commotion, be loud and noisy, run riot, run wild, behave wildly, go on the rampage, get out of control
    have a party, have a wild party, party, carouse, revel
    informal raise the roof, raise Cain

    keep the peace

    2‘he raised hell with real estate developers and polluters’

    remonstrate, expostulate, be very angry, be furious, be enraged, argue, protest loudly to, object noisily to, complain vociferously to
    informal kick up a fuss, kick up a stink
    give someone hell

    1‘when the truth came out I gave him hell’

    reprimand severely, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambast, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure
    informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, come down hard on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, blast, rag, keelhaul
    British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    Australian informal monster
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking, tear someone a new arsehole, rip someone a new arsehole
    North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass, tear someone a new asshole, rip someone a new asshole
    dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    rare reprehend, objurgate

    praise, commend

    2‘she gave me hell when I was her junior’

    harass, hound, plague, badger, harry, pester, bother, worry, annoy, trouble, bully, intimidate, pick on, bait, molest, bedevil, victimize, terrorize
    North American devil
    informal hassle, give someone a hard time, get on someone's back, make it hot for someone, make things hot for someone
    Australian informal heavy

    leave in peace

    hell for leather

    ‘the cars went hurtling down the lane, hell for leather’

    as fast as possible, as quickly as possible, very fast, very quickly, very rapidly, very speedily, very swiftly, hurriedly, at full speed, at the double, at full tilt, at full pelt, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, pell-mell, helter-skelter, at the speed of light, at breakneck speed, like an arrow from a bow
    informal like a bat out of hell, at a lick, like the wind, like greased lightning, at warp speed, like a bomb, like mad, like crazy, like blazes
    British informal like the clappers, at a rate of knots, like billy-o
    North American informal lickety-split
    literary apace, hurry-scurry

    at moderate speed