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The lake by which the ancients entered the infernal regions.

And then—I might at a pinch describe the infernal regions, but not the other place.

He is treated from that instant as a man who has done some infernal action.

It seemed to me that he was Pluto, the god of the infernal regions, and I was Proserpine.

How long I stood for this infernal proceeding I do not know.

I want to get the hang of the countries and a start in their infernal languages.

What an infernal racket these people were making about the world.

But it was not for human skill to cope with the opposition of infernal spirits.

"I have saved you from his infernal machinations;" said the renegade.

By some infernal contrivance of the builder, it holds the wind, and keeps it fresh.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., in reference to the underworld, from Old French enfernal, infernal (12c.), from Late Latin infernalis "of the lower regions," from infernus "hell" (Ambrose), literally "the lower (world)," noun use of Latin infernus "lower, lying beneath," from infra "below" (see infra-). Meaning "devilish, hateful" is from early 15c. For the name of the place, or things which resemble it, the Italian form inferno has been used in English since 1834, from Dante. Related: Infernally.

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