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Colloquial UsagePlay
Common in spoken language when expressing frustration or annoyance in everyday situations. SlideMy laptop is making that infernal beeping again!
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Used for emphasis, not to be taken literally; doesn't actually relate to hell. SlideThis infernal car won't start on cold mornings!
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Implies a negative and often unbearable experience or sensation. SlideCan someone shut off that infernal alarm?