Happy Friday! I was taken a little aback by the definition of this word, because of its straightforwardness, starkness, and because it’s not even 8:00 in the morning yet. I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these Hebrew words, or at least learned something from them.
See you Monday for a new category. Have a great weekend!

gehenna (gi-HEN-uh)

noun: 1. Hell
2. any place of extreme torture or suffering

From Latin gehenna, from Greek Geenna, from Hebrew ge-hinnom (hell), literally, the valley of Hinnom, or from ge ben Hinnom (valley of the son of Hinnom). It’s not clear who this Hinnom fellow was. In the Bible, the valley was known as a place of child sacrifice. Ultimately, this word is from the same Semitic root that gave Arabic jahannam (hell) which, in Hindi, became jahannum. Earliest documented use: 1594

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“We lived peacefully and happily, but now our house has turned into a Gehenna.”
Isaac Metzker; A Bintel Brief; Doubleday; 1971.

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