1. the fire of hell.
  2. punishment in hell.
  3. (initial capital letter) Military. a laser-guided U.S. Army antiarmor missile designed for launch from a helicopter.


  1. the torment and punishment of hell, envisaged as eternal fire
  2. (modifier) characterizing sermons or preachers that emphasize this aspect of Christian beliefhellfire evangelism

also hell fire, from Old English hellefyr, in which helle is the genitive case of hell. It translates Greek gehenna tou pyros, literally “fiery hell.” Also used in Middle English for “erysipelas” (mid-15c.).

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