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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The world of the dead.
  • n. The part of society engaged in crime and vice: "In this black-white nether world, nobody judged the customers” ( Malcolm X).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The place to which one's spirit descends upon death, conceived as below the surface of the earth.
  • n. The locale of the spirit world or afterlife, whether deemed to be situated below the world of the living or not.
  • n. Specifically, a location of punishment in the afterlife; a hell.
  • n. A hidden, shadowy, or sinister subculture, such as that of organized crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (religion) the world of the dead

Etymologies

From nether- (“beneath, lower”) +‎ world. (Wiktionary)

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