Pronunciation: (in-fûr'nō; for 3 also It. ēn-fer'nô), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/inferno.html on line 73 [key]
1. hell; the infernal regions.
2. a place or region that resembles hell: The ironworks was an inferno of molten steel and half-naked bodies.
3. (cap., italics) the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting hell and the suffering of the damned. Cf. paradise (def. 7), purgatory (def. 2).
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