abysmal

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adjective abys·mal \ə-ˈbiz-məl, a-\

Definition of abysmal

  1. 1a :  immeasurably low or wretched :  extremely poor or bad abysmal ignorance/poverty abysmal living conditions an abysmal performanceb :  having immense or fathomless extension downward, backward, or inward an abysmal cliff

  2. 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

abysm + 1-al


First Known Use: circa 1656


ABYSMAL Defined for Kids

abysmal

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adjective abys·mal \ə-ˈbiz-məl\

Definition of abysmal for Students

  1. :  extremely bad an abysmal report card



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