J’espère vraiment que tu brûleras en enfer.

I found this insult very aggressive but I have been told that it’s the equivalent of “go to hell”. Is it really?

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    – livresque
    Sep 13 at 22:36
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    Sep 13 at 22:36
  • brûler en enfer is just the translation of the English idiom "burn in hell". Another variant, besides "go to hell" is rot in hell. It is not a typical French idiom.
    – None
    Sep 16 at 9:19

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I have never heard it in France.

It sounds outdated or a translation from a foreign language. The closest equivalent of "go to hell" would be Va au diable ! or more commonly Casse-toi ! / Va te faire voir !

  • As you said, I also thought that the expression was outdated. Surprisingly, ngram shows an overwhelming increase on the number of occurrences since 2000.
    – Graffito
    Sep 14 at 12:08
  • @Graffito A lot of foreign authors in the recent occurences but the increase might also be due to the fact we are approaching the apocalypse...
    – jlliagre
    Sep 14 at 12:30
  • Moi je l'utilise tous les jours ;-)
    – Frank
    Sep 14 at 13:48
  • @Frank Tu dois évoluer dans un environnement hostile... ;-)
    – jlliagre
    Sep 14 at 14:19
  • @jlliagre Palsambleu! Va au diable, mécréant!
    – Frank
    Sep 14 at 15:29

It sounds like the type of deliberately outlandish and over-the-top insult young people or very close friends would exchange after a prank or nasty trick was played. Not simply the equivalent of "go to hell" and I wouldn't say it's very common either.

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