from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fire of hell; infernal torment.


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  • So long as you exist, there is a vital need for hell-fire in the Cosmos. '

    Chapter 17: The Scarlet Livery

  • Daylight's a hell-fire furnace, that's what he is.

    Chapter III

  • I do not believe in hell-fire and brimstone; but in moments like this I regret my unbelief.

    Chapter 17: The Scarlet Livery

  • They'd be hitting the trail for Dawson if they had to wade through hell-fire.


  • Standing, barefooted in the dew-lush grass of spring on the Minnesota farm, chilblained when of frosty mornings I fed the cattle in their breath-steaming stalls, sobered to fear and awe of the splendor and terror of God when I sat of Sundays under the rant and preachment of the New Jerusalem and the agonies of hell-fire.

    Chapter 6

  • Pennington was not, however, a hell-fire preacher or a tedious moralist but a constant source of empathy, practicality and good humor.

    Eloquence And Abolition

  • Keesh looked at him, and thoughts of Mr. Brown's higher morality floated through his mind, and strong upon him was a vision of the leaping flames of Mr. Brown's particular brand of hell-fire.


  • The two attack helicopters carried a combined total of 120 rockets, 16 hell-fire missiles for hardened targets, and their eviscerating 30mm nose cannons.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #2

  • The U.S. is now stepping up attacks on suspected terrorists there by launching hell-fire missiles from unmanned drones.

    U.S. stepping up drone strikes in Pakistan

  • You're to go up the Khyber after her to convince her that there are better mounts than the devil and better fun than playing with hell-fire!

    In The Time Of Light


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