abysm

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noun \ə-ˈbi-zəm\

Definition of abysm

  1. :  abyss the dark backward and abysm of time — William Shakespeare

Examples of abysm in a sentence

  1. a recurrent dream in which he would fall helplessly into a dark and silent abysm

Origin and Etymology of abysm

borrowed (with later spelling-pronunciation of s) from Anglo-French & Middle French abysme (compare Middle English abyme from Anglo-French abime, abisme), going back to Old French abysme, going back to Vulgar Latin *abismus, alteration of Late Latin abyssus abyss, perhaps via abíss(i)mus, alteration by haplology of abyssíssimus, a superlative derivative from abyssus


First Known Use: 14th century



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