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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Italian
Origin: 'hell', from Late Latin infernus; INFERNAL

inferno

noun
     
in‧fer‧no plural infernos [countable]
1 an extremely large and dangerous fire - used especially in news reports
raging/blazing inferno
Within minutes the house had become a raging inferno.
2 literary when someone has very strong feelings that are difficult to control:
She was desperately trying to calm the inferno raging within her.
WORD FOCUS: fire WORD FOCUS: fire
a big fire that causes a lot of damage: blaze, inferno, conflagration literary

someone whose job is to put out fires: firefighter, fireman, the fire department American English, the fire brigade British English
fire

See also
fire

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