of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great.
extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.

1650–60; abysm + -al1

abysmally, adverb
ultra-abysmal, adjective
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abysmal (əˈbɪzməl)
1.  immeasurable; very great: abysmal stupidity
2.  informal extremely bad: an abysmal film

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Word Origin & History

1650s, formed in Eng. from obsolete abysm "bottomless gulf, greatest depths" (c.1300), from O.Fr. abisme (Mod.Fr. abîme), from V.L. *abyssimus (source of Sp., Port. abismo), superl. of L. abyssus or on analogy of Gk.-derived words in -ismus; see abyss. Weakened sense
of "extremely bad" is first recorded 1904.
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Example sentences
His public school attendance record was abysmal.
The game also has an abysmal stealth sequence that is about 1 percent fun and
  99 percent aggravation.
Bock says he doesn't expect tsunami films for years, given studios' abysmal
  showing with war-themed movies.
The job market for the past 2 years has been abysmal, difficult and limited,
  and next year might be the same.
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