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Meaning & History
Latin form of the Greek Γέεννα (Géenna), from a contracted form of Hebrew גֵּיא בֶן הִנֹּם (gē ḇen hinnōm) meaning "valley of the son of Hinnom". This is the name of hell in Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, taken from the name of a valley outside Jerusalem which was filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt. This valley was deemed to be cursed and heinous acts were associated with it, such as child sacrifice - practiced there by some of the kings of Judah, according to the Hebrew Bible.