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French translation: atroce, horrible, inhumain, sauvage, diabolique, innommable,

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14:47 Aug 24, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: hellacious
The word is usually used to describe something absolutely horrible.
Dr. Elizabeth Smith-Rousselle
French translation:atroce, horrible, inhumain, sauvage, diabolique, innommable,
Explanation:
i hope it helps you
yacine
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yacine
Local time: 12:05
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I think all of these could justly translate "hellacious" depending on the contexts in which hellacious is translated.

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Summary of answers provided
na +1absolument horrible
Kateabc
na +1terrible
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
na +1accablant, insoutenable, atroce
Germaine
na +1diabolique
Kateabc
naatroce, horrible, inhumain, sauvage, diabolique, innommable,yacine
nadiaboliqueValerie SALIOU
nainsupportablemckinnc


  

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3 mins peer agreement (net): +1
absolument horrible


Explanation:
You could use absolument horrible, or affreux, détestable, hideux, repousant (horrid)...
Good luck.


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Kateabc
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Germaine: but only if horrible = very ugly. Note: repouSSant
1 hr
  -> Oops! Thanks for the spell check, Germaine!
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8 mins peer agreement (net): +1
diabolique


Explanation:
I checked my thesaurus and a synonym for hellacious is hellish, the translation of which is either diabolique or infernal, so these are probably better than the choices I gave above.
Hope this helps.


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Kateabc
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 36

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agree  Germaine
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
terrible


Explanation:
Can also be used to describe something which is extremely good! I could come up with one or two suggestions if you indicated what was being described and the context so that I could get the register and tone at the right pitch. One quick suggestion off the top of my head : "terrible" which in French can mean relaly good and really bad. It's usually clear from the context. I do like "diabolique" though.


Main Entry: hel·la·cious
Pronunciation: "he-'lA-sh&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: hell + -acious (as in audacious)
Date: 1943
1 : exceptionally powerful or violent
2 : remarkably good
3 : extremely difficult
4 : extraordinarily large
- hel·la·cious·ly adverb


    Reference: http://www.m-w.com
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 12:05
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 882

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agree  Germaine
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
accablant, insoutenable, atroce


Explanation:
I'm kinda puzzled since Allwords.com (Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary)gives the following:

hellacious (adj.)
1. remarkable; astonishing: Example: They're raising a hellacious amount of money in taxes.

- In which case possible translation (depending on context) would be:
remarquable (impressive)
extraordinaire, stupéfiant (astonishing)
monumental, faramineux (fantastic)
incommensurable (immeasurable)
prodigieux (phenomenal)

2. formidably difficult: Example: We had a hellacious time getting here in the blizzard.

- In which case possible translation would be:
accablant (overwhelming)
atroce (horrible)
insoutenable (unbearable)
ardu (arduous)
pénible (hard, painful)


    Reference: http://www.foreignword.com/Tools/dictsrch.htm
    using wordreference.com and allwords.com
Germaine
Canada
Local time: 06:05
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 3733

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agree  Alexandra Hague: I particularly like "atroce".
2 hrs
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6 hrs
diabolique


Explanation:
as it obviously comes from "hell"

Valerie SALIOU
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11 hrs
insupportable


Explanation:
none needed

mckinnc
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18 hrs
atroce, horrible, inhumain, sauvage, diabolique, innommable,


Explanation:
i hope it helps you
yacine


yacine
Local time: 12:05
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PRO pts in pair: 157
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I think all of these could justly translate "hellacious" depending on the contexts in which hellacious is translated.
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