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[hel-ish] /ˈhɛl ɪʃ/

of, like, or suitable to ; infernal; vile; horrible:
It was a hellish war.
miserable; abominable; execrable:
We had a hellish time getting through traffic.
devilishly bad:
The child’s behavior was hellish most of the day.
of or resembling hell
wicked; cruel
(informal) very difficult or unpleasant
(Brit, informal) (intensifier): a hellish good idea

1520s, from hell + -ish. Related: Hellishly; hellishness. Earlier in same sense were helli “helly” (late 12c.); hellen “hellish, infernal” (c.1200), with -en (2); and Old English hellic.



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