Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNDER-WORLDS

Even in the dark of the under-worlds such had come to be; as had, indeed, the various kinds of creatures-to-be, so these.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "the lower world, Hades," also "the earth," as distinguished from heaven. Cf. German unterwelt, Dutch onderwereld, Danish underverden. Meaning "lower level of society" is first recorded 1890; "criminals and organized crime collectively" is attested from 1900.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.