Definition of gehenna :
The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where some of the Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch, which, on this account, was afterward regarded as a place of abomination, and made a receptacle for all the refuse of the city, perpetual fires being kept up in order to prevent pestilential effluvia. In the New Testament the name is transferred, by an easy metaphor, to Hell.
hell (part of speech: noun)
- Captain Cook, take command of the Gehenna during my absence; head her straight for Holmes Island, and when you discover anything new let me know. - "The Pursuit of the House-Boat", John Kendrick Bangs.
- And while Boswell's hero was trying to get the value of this notion through his head, the others repaired to the deck, and the Gehenna was soon under way once more. - "The Pursuit of the House-Boat", John Kendrick Bangs.
- " He has written that the average wealthy modern home is a combination of Pullman Palace Car and Gehenna. - "A Woman Named Smith", Marie Conway Oemler.