gehenom

Alternative Spellings

gehenna, geheynom, gehennom, gihennom, gihinnom, gehinnom, gehinom

Definitions

  • Hell (metaphoric)

Example Sentences

  • "Gehenom is very different from the popular image of Hell."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

גיהנום

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

Synonymous with hell. It was an area south of Jerusalem where children were reputed to have been sacrificed to the idol Moloch and therefore regarded as accursed and evil.

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