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of or like an ; immeasurably deep or great.
extremely or hopelessly bad or severe:
abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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.


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