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The elevator door opened to reveal an inferno.
  a very intense and uncontrolled fire


a place that is hell-like (terribly hot or full of suffering)
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Inferno is Italian for Hell. The first part of Dante’s famous 14th century allegory, the Divine Comedy, is called Inferno and describes Hell as an underworld consisting of nine levels in which sinners suffer according to their primary sin.
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  • The elevator door opened to reveal an inferno.
  • like a scene from Dante’s "Inferno".
  • You could be a fireman rescuing thirty children from an inferno, but you won’t stress if you happen to drop a few of them into the flames along the way."
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Especially when the elevator was silent and shut and the ninth floor was an inferno and the fire kept pouring in the windows.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • Even as Mark saw it he noticed a woman step up and throw two more logs on top of the inferno.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • To my right, the sun breaks the horizon and light shoots across the winterscape, setting ablaze a crystalline inferno, as if a billion diamonds had fallen from the sky.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Over the last month I had pulled a woman from a blazing inferno.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Rage billowed in her chest, as if there were flames inside her that needed only fury and grief to blaze into an inferno.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • We can see all the way into the kitchen, which is an inferno.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Raging Inferno Destroys Block of Williamson Street
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event

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  • After describing the inferno, the paper stated: "The fire broke out on .
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Finally able to see a way out of the Piaszow inferno, I felt stronger in spirit if not in body.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Or that indeed their very final inaccessibility—the realization that they were all gone forever—was an actual cause of this inferno of lust?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jason didn’t see how even fireproof Leo could survive in that inferno, but he had to hope.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It was not morning; it was an inferno.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • And directly across from me, his fiery gaze burning into mine, is the king, sitting on a diamondglass throne carved into an inferno.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Several large infernos, spewing black smoke, were consuming the atoll’s oil tanks.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • As the fire became an inferno, Cole tried to swallow the bitter taste that had come to his mouth.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Now, holding out his hands toward her, he intones: In nomine Domini Sabaoth sui filiique ite ad infernos.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Inevitably it was he whom I saw burning in the roaring inferno of eternal damnation.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • It shot clean past the heads of the lead group and blew with a shattering blast against the fuel tanks, turning the helo into an inferno, stern and midships.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I was seeing myself as the fire department and June as the raging inferno.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • The god Set stepped from the inferno—a mighty red-skinned warrior with smoldering black eyes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The animals had fled just in time to save themselves from the inferno! The dark room was transformed into an erupting volcano.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • A torch was thrown onto the bubbling pitch, and an orange pillar of greasy flames roared up in the opening, engulfing the Urgals in an inferno.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The images in my head were fuel, building up the inferno but refusing to be consumed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I’ve just decided to try and loop back around, although it will require miles of travel away from the inferno and then a very circuitous route back, when the first fireball blasts into the rock about two feet from my head.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • And here, in this inferno of luggage, was White Fang deserted by the master.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • As Langdon’s eyes followed the inferno upward, the true horror of the scene descended like a bird of prey.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Eragon thought of the raging inferno that she could now summon at will and send roaring out of her maw.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • This was an inferno of pain and smell and noise and hurry—hurry—hurry!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • At one o’clock in the morning, my little brother, who in my lonely days of inferno dwelling had protected me from goblins, gnomes, gremlins and devils, was leaving home.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • ’ The monster-fueled thigh to belly button inferno built Adam’s mouth moved by trembling inch lower, inch I was ready to do it right that very instant’.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • ’If you and I have survived this inferno for over five years,’ he replied, ’it’s obviously God’s will for us to live.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The inferno has no terrors for me.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When Jurgis had first inspected the packing plants with Szedvilas, he had marveled while he listened to the tale of all the things that were made out of the carcasses of animals, and of all the lesser industries that were maintained there; now he found that each one of these lesser industries was a separate little inferno, in its way as horrible as the killing beds, the source and fountain of them all.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It’s just that this year an exotic bird is among them, an authentic ghetto kid who, for whatever reason, made it through the urban inferno without donning an armor.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Now the fire was mutating, forming a gigantic pack of fiery beasts: Flaming serpents, chimaeras, and dragons rose and fell and rose again, and the detritus of centuries on which they were feeding was thrown up into the air into their fanged mouths, tossed high on clawed feet, before being con-sumed by the inferno.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Beyond, through the jagged hole where the window had been, the closest mountainside was a raging inferno.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The room itself had fast become an inferno, and I did see in one clear blast of light Claudia battling the fledgling vampire.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • A torrent of blue fire erupted from between Saphira’s jaws and bathed the left side of the Lethrblaka’s head in a ravening inferno hot enough to melt steel.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The barn collapsed in on itself; the flames leaping skyward and the snow gently falling into this inferno.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • A real inferno.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • They not only incinerated dozens of Japanese—the smell of burnt flesh floated on the damp wind—their liquid fire turned several pillboxes into infernos, causing Japanese ammunition to explode in great bursts.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They had no tools to stanch a fire, and no plan at all for what they might do to put out a chemical inferno.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • A figure suddenly raced from the left into the inferno that had been the campsite, then whipped around and ran through the flames, turning twice and, seeing Jason, firing at him.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • And in the meantime Clyde was left to cogitate on and make the best of a world that at its best was a kind of inferno of mental ills—above which—as above Dante’s might have been written—"abandon hope—ye who enter here."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Then, after I discovered the inferno you were in, I got you assigned to my unit.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The inferno blazed behind him and his face was covered in soot and blood.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
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