Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A place of extreme wretchedness or squalor.
  • noun Obsolete The pit of hell.

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  • noun A place of intense hatred, misery, or turmoil.

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  • noun any place of pain and turmoil

Etymologies

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English began using 'hellhole' in 1866.

Examples

  • He drew controversy with his comments last summer about Lafave and prison: To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hellhole is like placing a piece of raw meat in with the lions.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • He drew controversy with his comments last summer about Lafave and prison: To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hellhole is like placing a piece of raw meat in with the lions.

    Update: LaFave Charges Dropped

  • Anything that helps transform Red State America into a rusty industrial hellhole is fine by me. fostert says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Drill, Baby, Drill

  • Forcing poor minority people to live your commie welfare-state hellhole is racist.

    Matthew Yglesias » Beck vs Social Justice

  • I know that San Antonio isn't necessarily the best town in the US (although we like it) but calling it a hellhole is going a bit far.

    First, Let's kill All the Lawyers

  • The reality that the only reason we’re IN this desert hellhole is oil for our ridiculous ‘Hummers & SUVs … never dawns on him.

    Think Progress » Kristol Suggests People of Iran Would Embrace U.S. Attack, Triggering Regime Change

  • He's now at what's been described as the hellhole in Terre Haute, IN, in an area of right wing extremism and KKK influence, in a deliberate act of further barbaric vengeance to break his spirit, restrict his access to legal help and his family, and cause him undue pain and suffering in an age of US-sanctioned and authorized torture as a method of social control and inhumanity and because no dissenting authority has the courage to challenge Washington's willingness to go against the most basic principles of equity and justice.

    A Look Back and Ahead In An Age of Neocon Rule

  • He's now at what's been described as the hellhole in Terre Haute, IN, in an area of right wing extremism and KKK influence, in a deliberate act of further barbaric vengeance to break his spirit, restrict his access to legal help and his family, and cause him undue pain and suffering in an age of US-sanctioned and authorized torture as a method of social control and inhumanity and because no dissenting authority has the courage to challenge Washington's willingness to go against the most basic principles of equity and justice.

    A Look Back and Ahead In An Age of Neocon Rule

  • While Manzanilllo's beaches don't remind me of 'the South Pacific' (or the Caribbean for that matter), the word 'hellhole' does not even come to mind when I think of that port city! wendy devlin

    Driving to Manzanillo from Lake Chapala

  • While Manzanilllo's beaches don't remind me of 'the South Pacific' (or the Caribbean for that matter), the word 'hellhole' does not even come to mind when I think of that port city! wendy devlin

    Driving to Manzanillo from Lake Chapala

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  • Aptly describes my office at present. :-)

    September 27, 2007