Halo vs Limbo - What's the difference?

halo | limbo |

As a noun halo

is halo.

As a proper noun limbo is

abbreviation of limburger, an inhabitant of limburg, a part of the low countries.



(wikipedia halo)


  • (astronomy) A circular band of coloured light, visible around the sun or moon etc., caused by reflection and refraction of light by ice crystals in the atmosphere.
  • (astronomy) A cloud of gas and other matter surrounding and captured by the gravitational field of a large diffuse astronomical object, such as a galaxy or cluster of galaxies.
  • Anything resembling this band, such as an effect caused by imperfect developing of photographs.
  • (religion) nimbus, a luminous disc, often of gold, around or over the heads of saints, etc., in religious paintings.
  • The metaphorical aura of glory, veneration or sentiment which surrounds an idealized entity.
  • Synonyms

    * (luminous disc around head of saints in paintings) aureole, nimbus

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  • To encircle with a halo.
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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (wikipedia limbo)
  • The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum'') and those of unbaptized but innocent children (''limbus infantum ).
  • Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.
  • My application has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for two weeks.

    See also

    * aftermath * hell * paradise * purgatory

    Etymology 2

    Word of uncertain West Indian (notably Jamaican) origin, probably an alteration of (limber) as it is a physical agility test.


  • A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.
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