Definition of abysmal in English:

abysmal

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Pronunciation: /əˈbɪzm(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 2 literary Very deep: waterfalls that plunge into abysmal depths
    More example sentences
    • Will computers close the final gap, and find in their own depths, abysmal or otherwise, an instinctual feel for the wrong move at the right time?
    • He yawned widely; from the depths of the abysmal abyss stretching beyond his throat emerged his tongue.
    • He wore a deep green robe and had the same black abysmal eyes as Mrs. Flockhart.
    Synonyms
    profound, extreme, utter, complete, thorough, deep, endless, immeasurable, boundless, incalculable, unfathomable, bottomless

Derivatives

abysmally

adverb
[as submodifier]: a boy who is abysmally lazy
More example sentences
  • Apart from these abysmally claustrophobic compartments, there is a special pit reserved for two pythons, that lay entwined in extreme good natured camaraderie.
  • Some people may treat this lightly but I think it is outrageous that a well known professional body has a so-called ethical counselling service that failed so abysmally.
  • His words were not ‘taken out of context’, they were entirely irrelevant to the context, and abysmally stupid to boot.

Origin

mid 17th century (used literally as in sense 2): from abysm. sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

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