What does abysmal mean?

abysmal meaning in General Dictionary

related to or resembling an abyss bottomless unending powerful

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  • extremely great; endless
  • resembling an abyss thorough; so deep concerning be unmeasurable
  • regarding, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; serious.

abysmal meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s, formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Weakened sense of "extremely bad" is first taped 1904, possibly from abysmal lack of knowledge (suggestive of its "depth"), a manifestation attested from 1847. Relevant: Abysmally.


abysmal meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) with respect to, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; powerful.


Sentence Examples with the word abysmal

Thus although the rocks of the southern coast of Java in their general character and succession resemble those of Christmas Island, there lies between them an abysmal trough 18,000 ft.

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