1. The lower of inferior world; the world which is under the heavens; the earth.
That overspreads (with such a reverence)
This underworld. --Daniel.
2. The mythological place of departed souls; Hades.
3. The portion of the world which is below the horizon; the opposite side of the world; the antipodes. [R.]
Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
That brings our friends up from the underworld. --Tennyson.
4. The inferior part of mankind. [R.]
n 1: the criminal class
2: (religion) the world of the dead; "he didn't want to go to
hell when he died" [syn: Hel, Hell, Hades, infernal
region, netherworld, Scheol]