adjective \ə-ˈbiz-məl, a-\

: extremely poor or bad

Full Definition of ABYSMAL

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>
:  abyssal 2
abys·mal·ly \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of ABYSMAL

  1. They were living in abysmal ignorance.
  2. <a desperate cry echoing from the abysmal reaches of the cave>

First Known Use of ABYSMAL

circa 1656

Rhymes with ABYSMAL


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