Definition of abysm in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbizəm/


A literary or poetic term for abyss. the abysm from which nightmares crawl
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  • For its self-referential abysms are only made darker by the thought that Rosemary Squires didn't pour her heart into this song: Irving Berlin did.
  • ‘What she offered,’ notes the author, ‘in her most sensual, primitive, uncivilized and, from the standpoint of normal aesthetics, distasteful acts slipped over the brink - and she could take you with her - into the abysms of the sacred.’
  • Crystal reached her shaking hand and took it as if it was her last salvation before she falls in the abysm.


Middle English: from Old French abisme, medieval Latin abysmus, alteration of late Latin abyssus 'bottomless pit', the ending being assimilated to the Greek ending -ismos.

Words that rhyme with abysm

arrivisme, chrism, chrisom, ism, prism, schism

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Syllabification: a·bysm

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