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
But the two-and-a-half-year-olds, much to my and their parents' surprise,
  failed abysmally.
It is truly scary when the abysmally uninformed are in a position to affect the
  quality and funding of scientific research.
As the work of a social scientist, that article was abysmally bad.
The faculty at my university was abysmally low and everyone was expecting
  conditions to deteriorate.
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