gehenna


noun

  1. the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where propitiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch. II Kings 23:10.
  2. hell(def 1).
  3. any place of extreme torment or suffering.

noun

  1. Old Testament the valley below Jerusalem, where children were sacrificed and where idolatry was practised (II Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 19:6) and where later offal and refuse were slowly burned
  2. New Testament Judaism a place where the wicked are punished after death
  3. a place or state of pain and torment
n.

“hell,” 1620s, from Church Latin, from Greek geenna, from post-biblical Hebrew gehinnom, “Hell, place of fiery torment for the dead,” figurative use of the place name Ge Hinnom “the Valley of Hinnom,” southwest of Jerusalem, where, according to Jer. xix.5, children were sacrificed to Moloch.

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