Word of the Day – Malebolge

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Malebolge (noun) (literary)


A pool of filth; a hellish place or condition.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alexander Beresford-Hope (1820–1887), politician and author. From Italian Malebolge, the name given by Dante ( Inferno xviii) to the eighth circle of Hell, consisting of ten rock-bound concentric circular valleys, plural of malebolgia from malo evil (from classical Latin malus: see mal-) + bolgia valley, bag.

Example sentences

“Save me from this hellish malebolge”

Word of the Day – Risorial

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Risorial (adj) (rare)


Relating to laughter; used in laughing; = “risible”.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ogilvie (1797–1867), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin risorius + -al.

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