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abysmal

[uh-biz-muh l] /əˈbɪz məl/
adjective
1.
of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great.
2.
extremely or hopelessly bad or severe:
abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.
Origin of abysmal
1650-1660
1650-60; abysm + -al1
Related forms
abysmally, adverb
ultra-abysmal, adjective
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abysmal

/əˈbɪzməl/
adjective
1.
immeasurable; very great: abysmal stupidity
2.
(informal) extremely bad: an abysmal film
Derived Forms
abysmally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for abysmal
adj.

1650s, formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Weakened sense of "extremely bad" is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its "depth"), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally.

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