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abysmal

Syllabification: a·bys·mal
Pronunciation: /əˈbizməl
 
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Definition of abysmal in English:

adjective

1 informal Extremely bad; appalling: the quality of her work is abysmal
More example sentences
  • My summing up of her abysmal and shameful performance is written below.
  • Since the demise of the Catch Me Com buses the No 4 Highercroft route has degenerated from poor to absolutely abysmal.
  • I don't know, but I am sure that anonymity plays its part when these abysmal and frighteningly stupid people decide to view this stuff.
2 literary Very deep.
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.

Origin

mid 17th century (sense 2): from abysm. Sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

Derivatives

abysmally

1
adverb
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.

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