Definition of abyss
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 : the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies
Examples of abyss in a Sentence
looking down at the dark ocean from the ship's rail, the cruise passenger felt as though he was staring into an abyss
Recent Examples of abyss from the Web
Sadly, this isn't the first time Clarkson had to respond to body-shamers in the groggy abyss that is social media.
Trump's own actions have turned a small hole into a yawning abyss: a special counsel's investigation that could run from the Oval Office to Trump Tower and command headlines for the next year or more.
For a team stuck so far deep into the abyss, the smartest possible play is to acquire young talent and/or top draft picks by eating bad contracts.
Hardik Pandya helped drag his side from the edge of the abyss with 76 runs, but Pakistan bowled out India for 158 to score a remarkable victory.
June 16, 2017 Athens—Subdued by three bailouts, record high unemployment and a maelstrom of taxes, Greeks were in no mood to party on Friday, June 16, 2017, at news of a last-gasp deal pulling them from the brink of a financial abyss.
The air is clean and views are stunning, but working here is not for the faint of heart as drivers maneuver large machines along narrow ribbons that feel suspended above an abyss.
The team of 30 international scientists and technicians will continue exploring Australia's eastern abyss until mid-June.
The current crisis, which has come from the right, in the form of a man who thrives on creating crisis, threatens to drag language with it into the abyss.
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Origin and Etymology of abyss
borrowed from Late Latin abyssus, borrowed from Greek ábyssos “bottomless, unfathomable, (as noun) bottomless gulf,” from a- 2a- + byssós “depth of the sea,” probably going back to *byth-yos, derivative of bythós “depth, deepest part, bottom,” probably of pre-Greek substratal origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of abyss for Students
: a gulf so deep or space so great that it cannot be measured
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