Definition of abyss
- gazed down into the gaping abyss
- the ocean's abysses
- (figurative) a widening abyss between the rich and the poor
- an abyss of moral depravity
- an abyss of despair
looking down at the dark ocean from the ship's rail, the cruise passenger felt as though he was staring into an abyss
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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