AskDefine | Define abysm

Dictionary Definition

abysm n : a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively) [syn: abyss]

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Pronunciation

  • /ə'bızəm/

Etymology

Old French abisme; French abîme, Late Latin abyssimus, a superlative of Latin abyssus; Greek;. See abyss

Noun

  1. An abyss; a gulf, a chasm, a very deep hole
    Quotations
    • The abysm of hell - Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, III, xiii

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