el infierno
-the hell
See the entry for infierno.


A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (religious)
a. hell
Dante viajó por el infierno con el poeta Virgilio como su guía.Dante travelled through hell with the poet Virgil as his guide.
2. (difficult situation)
a. hell (used without an article)
Estos pocos meses pasados sin poder encontrar trabajo han sido un completo infierno.These past few months without being able to find work have been absolute hell.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(unbearable place)
a. madhouse
La oficina fue un infierno después de que el director general anunciara que despediría a la mitad de los empleados de la empresa.The office was a madhouse after the CEO announced that he would lay off half of the company's employees.
b. hellhole
Mi hermano adoptivo dice que le alegraba salir del infierno de su anterior casa de acogida.My adopted brother says he was happy to leave the hellhole that was his previous foster home.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. hell
su vida con él era un infiernoher life with him was hell
2. (colloquial)
en el quinto infiernoin the middle of nowhere
3. (colloquial)
irse al infiernoto go down the tubes o
4. (colloquial)
mandar a alguien al infiernoto tell somebody to go to hell
5. (colloquial)
¡vete al infierno!go to hell!
1 (Religión) hell
la ciudad era un infierno (de llamas) the city was a blazing inferno; vivieron un infierno they went through hell
vivieron un infierno durante los tres días que permanecieron encerradas en la Casa de los Jesuitas de Kigali.
está en el quinto infierno it's at the back of beyond
mandar a algn al quinto infierno to tell sb to go to hell (familiar)
¡vete al infierno! go to hell! (familiar)
2 (lugar) (horrible) hellhole (familiar); (ruidoso) madhouse (familiar)
Una guerra brutal e interminable ha convertido esta capital en un infierno
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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