abyss

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noun \ə-ˈbis, a- also ˈa-(ˌ)bis\

Definition of abyss

  1. 1a :  an immeasurably deep gulf or great space gazed down into the gaping abyss the ocean's abysses (figurative) a widening abyss between the rich and the poorb :  intellectual or moral depths an abyss of moral depravity an abyss of despair

  2. 2 :  the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies

Examples of abyss in a sentence

  1. looking down at the dark ocean from the ship's rail, the cruise passenger felt as though he was staring into an abyss

Origin and Etymology of abyss

Middle English abissus, from Late Latin abyssus, from Greek abyssos, from abyssos, adjective, bottomless, from a- + byssos depth; perhaps akin to Greek bathys deep


First Known Use: 14th century


ABYSS Defined for Kids

abyss

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noun \ə-ˈbis\

Definition of abyss for Students

  1. :  a gulf so deep or space so great that it cannot be measured



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