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Definition of infernal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    infernal

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɜːnl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɜːrnl//
     
    Describing annoying traits
     
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  1. 1[only before noun] (old-fashioned) extremely annoying Stop that infernal noise! See related entries: Describing annoying traits
  2. 2(literary) connected with hell the infernal regions
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Christian Latin infernalis, from Latin infernus ‘below, underground’, used by Christians to mean ‘hell’, on the pattern of inferni (masculine plural) ‘the shades’ and inferna (neuter plural) ‘the lower regions’.
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