netherworld [neth′ərwʉrld΄]n.1. Theol. Myth. the world of the dead or of punishment after death; hell2. a sphere of human activity or state of existence regarded as corrupt, unwholesome, undesirable, etc.
* * *neth·er·world also nether world (nĕthʹər-wûrld') n.1. The world of the dead.2. The part of society engaged in crime and vice: “In this black-white nether world, nobody judged the customers” (Malcolm X).neth'er·worldʹly adj.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
NETHERWORLD — NETHERWORLD, the abode of the dead. The peoples of the Ancient Near East had elaborate doctrines concerning the dead and their abode. The Egyptians were very optimistic concerning the afterlife. They believed that ceremonies of mummification,… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Netherworld — is often used as a synonym for Underworld. It may also refer to: Netherworld (video game), an 8 bit computer game from 1988 Netherworld (DC Comics), a fictional autonomous neighborhood of the city of Chicago in the DC Comics universe Netherworld… … Wikipedia
Netherworld — Álbum de David Bryan Publicación 1991 Género(s) Instrumental Duración 56:12 Discográfica Full Moon Entertainment … Wikipedia Español
netherworld — (n.) also nether world, 1630s, place beneath the earth, from NETHER (Cf. nether) + WORLD (Cf. world) … Etymology dictionary
netherworld — [neth′ərwʉrld΄] n. 1. Theol. Myth. the world of the dead or of punishment after death; hell 2. a sphere of human activity or state of existence regarded as corrupt, unwholesome, undesirable, etc … English World dictionary
netherworld — [[t]ne̱ðə(r)wɜː(r)ld[/t]] also nether world N SING: usu with supp If you refer to a place as a netherworld, you mean that it is dangerous and full of poor people and criminals. ...a London netherworld of criminals... Waits sang about the boozy… … English dictionary
netherworld — noun Date: 1632 1. the world of the dead 2. underworld 4 < the netherworld of deceit…and espionage R. M. Nixon > 3. no man s land 2 < that lame duck netherworld so feared by elected officials Dan Barry > … New Collegiate Dictionary
netherworld — noun a) The place to which ones spirit descends upon death, conceived as below the surface of the earth. In some religions, ones soul departs to a netherworld, hell, instead of the heavens. b) The locale of the spirit world or … Wiktionary
netherworld — n. lower world; place of the dead; Hades … English contemporary dictionary
netherworld — noun 1》 the underworld; hell. 2》 an illicit or ill defined area of activity … English new terms dictionary