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 performance>b :  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>

Origin and Etymology of abysmal

see abyss


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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