underworld etymology

English word underworld comes from English world, English under-

Detailed word origin of underworld

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
world English (eng) (archaic) Age, era. (by extension) Any other astronomical body which many be inhabitable, such as a natural satellite.. (countable) A planet, especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.. (fiction, speculation) A realm, such as planet, containing one or multiple societies of beings, specially intelligent ones.. (informal) A great amount.. (tarot) The twenty-second trump or major arcana [...]
under- English (eng) Under (in any sense): insufficient, insufficiently, below what is correct; subordinate to; beneath or behind.
underworld English (eng) (mythology) The world of the dead, located underneath the world of the living; the afterlife.. That part of society that is engaged in crime or vice.

Words with the same origin as underworld

Descendants of under-
underdog underestimate undermine understatement underwear underwood