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abysmal definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: very great; limitless; "abysmal misery"; "abysmal stupidity"
2: resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable; "the abyssal depths of the ocean" [syn: abysmal, abyssal, unfathomable]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: circa 1656 1. a. having immense or fathomless extension downward, backward, or inward <an abysmal cliff> b. immeasurably great ; profound <abysmal ignorance> c. immeasurably low or wretched <abysmal living conditions of the poor> 2. abyssal 2 abysmally adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 colloq. extremely bad (abysmal weather; the standard is abysmal). 2 profound, utter (abysmal ignorance). Derivatives: abysmally adv. Etymology: archaic or poet. abysm = ABYSS, f. OF abi(s)me f. med.L abysmus

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Abysmal A*bys"mal, a. Pertaining to, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound. Geology gives one the same abysmal extent of time that astronomy does of space. --Carlyle.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe a situation or the condition of something as abysmal, you think that it is very bad or poor in quality. ...our abysmal record at producing a scientifically trained workforce... The general standard of racing was abysmal. = dismal ADJ abysmally The standard of education was abysmally low... As the chart shows, it has failed abysmally. ADV: ADV adj, ADV after v

Moby Thesaurus

Atlantean, Brobdingnagian, Cyclopean, Gargantuan, Herculean, Homeric, abyssal, appalling, astronomic, awful, bottomless, cavernous, colossal, deep as hell, dreadful, elephantine, enormous, epic, fathomless, gaping, giant, giantlike, gigantic, heroic, huge, illimitable, immense, infinite, jumbo, mammoth, mighty, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, plumbless, plunging, prodigious, profound, soundless, stupendous, terrible, titanic, towering, tremendous, unfathomable, unfathomed, unsounded, vast, without bottom, yawning



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