Monday, 17 December 2012

Entry: infernous (adj.)

In context: "...the final fiscal eyar that actual maintenance-work had ever been done on the infernous six-lane commuter-ravaged Commonwealth Route 24..."

Definition: A neologism, but clear enough.  From inferno (n.):
  Hell; a place of torment or misery compared to hell; a place likened in some respect to the Inferno of Dante's Divine Comedy.

Other: And here's the etymology, which makes it even clearer:
Etymology:  < Italian inferno < late Latin infernus hell (Ambrose).

SNOOT score: 1

Page: 576

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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