of or like an ; immeasurably deep or great.
extremely or hopelessly bad or severe:
abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.
Almost as bad as the reviews that Moby Dick received, which were abysmally negative.
Joyce Carol Oates Salutes Norman Mailer Joyce Carol Oates October 23, 2012
When he got up, he was physically normal again, but abysmally ashamed.
Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They knew how abysmally hopeless was their chance of accomplishing anything.
Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
For a secretary she is too abysmally ignorant, too grotesquely incapable.
The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
And all change, to the home-staying heart, can be so abysmally upsetting!
The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
The humor of the bassoon is an unconscious humor, and results from the use made of its abysmally solemn voice.
How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. Henry Edward Krehbiel
Before them was Life, but Life so hideously and abysmally alien that their brains reeled in horror.
The Cavern of the Shining Ones Hal K. Wells
If he hadn’t been abysmally lazy, he might have been very good at it.
Lion Loose James H. Schmitz
The social gap between this afterguard and Rose and her colleagues in the chorus, was not so very wide, but it was abysmally deep.
The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
The great tragedy of her life, however, the thing that had brought her to her present pass, was her abysmally foul horoscope.
Conquest Over Time Michael Shaara
immeasurable; very great: abysmal stupidity
(informal) extremely bad: an abysmal film
1650s, formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Weakened sense of “extremely bad” is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its “depth”), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally.
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm. anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite: the abyss of time. the primal chaos before Creation. the infernal regions; hell. a subterranean ocean. . . Contemporary Examples “Sometimes you have to create the abyss so it can be filled with something,” he said. CNN Chief Dishes on Exit […]
of or like an ; immeasurable; unfathomable. of or relating to the biogeographic zone of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones: from depths of approximately 13,000 to 21,000 feet (4000 to 6500 meters). Historical Examples In their morphological characters they gradually approach the pelagic forms upwards and the abyssal downwards. Report on […]
- Abyssal plain
noun a large area of extremely flat or gently sloping ocean floor just offshore from a continent, at depths of 13,000-20,000 feet Examples The abyssal plains begin where the continental margins end. Several species of worms, shrimp, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and fish live in abyssal plains. Usage Note geography
former name of (def 1). (def 2). Contemporary Examples In The Abyssinian he tells the story of a diplomatic mission from Louis XIV of France to the King of Abyssinia. The Thief of Words: Starling Lawrence Jill Bialosky October 10, 2013 Historical Examples Abyssinia proper is an elevated region, with a general slope to the […]