abysmal

adjective abys·mal \ ə-ˈbiz-məl , a- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of abysmal

1 a : immeasurably low or wretched : extremely poor or bad
  • abysmal ignorance/poverty
  • abysmal living conditions
  • an abysmal performance
b : having immense or fathomless extension downward, backward, or inward
  • an abysmal cliff
2 : abyssal 2

abysmally

play \-mə-lē\ adverb
    • abysmally ignorant
    • an abysmally poor performance

Examples of abysmal in a Sentence

  1. They were living in abysmal ignorance.

  2. a desperate cry echoing from the abysmal reaches of the cave

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Origin and Etymology of abysmal


ABYSMAL Defined for Kids

abysmal

adjective abys·mal \ ə-ˈbiz-məl \

Definition of abysmal for Students

: extremely bad
  • an abysmal report card


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