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Definition very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
  • Please stop making that infernal noise!
infernal = very annoying
  • She makes a bargain with the keeper of the infernal world.
  • infernal = of the underworld
  • I hate this infernal heat!
  • infernal = very annoying
  • We were gradually drawing closer to the ditch, from which a infernal heat was rising. [note: this is the ditch where the bodies were being burned]
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • infernal = very bad and characteristic of hell
  • "Come on, back in this infernal cart, and don't talk to me on the way back, it's best if I keep me mouth shut," said Hagrid.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • infernal = very bad or characteristic of hell
  • She now stood fair for his infernal purpose.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • infernal = characteristic of hell
  • I spent hours pacing in profitless conjecture: how I might try to suborn an infernal deity to pluck a handful of gray asphodels or scoop some of Styx's waves, or else how I might build a raft and sail it to the underworld's edge, then use Odysseus' trick to lure the ghosts out and catch a bit of their smoke.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • infernal = from the world of the dead
  • If it was, we'd be out of this infernal wind down there.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • infernal = bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell
  • Ingham, I told him everything I could think of that would show the grandeur of his country and its prosperity; but I could not make up my mouth to tell him a word about this infernal rebellion!
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • infernal = very bad
  • According to the vulgar idea, the fire in his laboratory had been brought from the lower regions, and was fed with infernal fuel; and so, as might be expected, his visage was getting sooty with the smoke.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infernal = from hell
  • I imagined her infernal voice, howling out my name.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • infernal = from the world of the dead
  • Charge of the punishment had been given to a Fury, one of the infernal goddesses of vengeance who dwell among the dead.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • infernal = from the world of the dead
  • The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I would leave him to imagine himself surrounded by myriads of invisible tormentors, ever ready to snatch from his infernal grasp his trembling prey.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The fatal poison of irresponsible power was already in her hands, and soon commenced its infernal work.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • We stayed sitting down in the middle of the road, as the others had done the day before yesterday, there was the same infernal heat.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • They averred that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth, tinged in an earthly dye-pot, but was red-hot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing all alight whenever Hester Prynne walked abroad in the night-time.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my conviction of the infernal character of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable loathing of slaveholders, it was their base ingratitude to my poor old grandmother.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • So forcibly did he dwell upon this symbol, for the hour or more during which his periods were rolling over the people's heads, that it assumed new terrors in their imagination, and seemed to derive its scarlet hue from the flames of the infernal pit.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes,—a justifier of the most appalling barbarity,—a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds,—and a dark shelter under, which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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