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in Roman Catholic theology, an afterlife realm between heaven and hell where there is no punishment but where souls are denied the presence of God. Never part of Catholic dogma, the concept of limbo was developed during the Middle Ages, and came to be seen as two places. One was the home of the souls of Old Testament patriarchs who were liberated by Jesus after the Resurrection; the other contained the souls of babies who never were baptized and freed from original sin. Considered unenlightened by many in the modern Church, the concept was dropped from the official catechism in 1992. In 2004 Pope John Paul II appointed a commission to study limbo, and in 2007 it issued its findings. Signed by Pope Benedict XVI, the report largely repudiated the idea of limbo, stating that it reflected a "restrictive view of salvation" and that it is reasonable to hope that the souls of unbaptized infants are admitted to heaven by a merciful God.
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limbo

place or condition of neglect and inattention (from Dante). [Western Folklore: Espy, 124]
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limbo

1
Christianity the supposed abode of infants dying without baptism and the just who died before Christ

limbo

2
a Caribbean dance in which dancers pass, while leaning backwards, under a bar
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Inferno

A distributed operating system from Vita Nuova Holdings Limited (www.vitanuova.com) that is a spin-off of the Plan 9 system developed at Bell Labs. Inferno uses fewer resources than Plan 9 and includes its own virtual machine (Dis) and concurrent programming language (Limbo). Inferno can also run on top of other operating systems, including Windows, Unix and Plan 9. See Plan 9 and distributed operating system.
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I am totally awake and hearing everything she says to me, but feel as if I am in that limbo land before you fall asleep.
Compared to them we still seem in limbo land. As I say, time will tell.
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You don't mind checking in at the airport to go on holiday but checking in to go home is just a depressing affair and you have that long wait in limbo land where they refuse to tell you which gate your plane is departing from until 10 minutes before and you still feel a bit nauseous from last-night overindulgence so can't really cram in a Burger King Whopper.
I've lived the past year in limbo land, while you, Mam, rest in the Promised Land.
IF you're on Expresso Star to win the William Hill Lincoln you're in limbo land!
"To be fair to the horse we have to do what is right for him and it wouldn't be fair to leave him in limbo land.
Nationalism, however, behaves as though the Agreement puts Northern Ireland into some form of constitutional limbo land and that further constitutional change is inevitable.
Mr Barry said: ''We want people to get better and not stay in the limbo land of medication.