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[uh-bis] /əˈbɪs/
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite:
the abyss of time.
  1. the primal chaos before Creation.
  2. the infernal regions; hell.
  3. a subterranean ocean.
Origin of abyss
1350-1400; earlier abisse, Middle English abissus < Late Latin abyssus < Greek ábyssos bottomless, equivalent to a- a-6 + byssós bottom of the sea

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Examples from the web for abyss
  • From there, it plunges down well over a mile into the deep blue abyss.
  • But then it slipped into the deep tablet abyss, ne'er to be seen again.
  • They didn't have a clue how deep the abyss would go.
  • It is not a gap, it is an abyss.
  • By the end, they had been stomped on by giant robots and kicked into a flaming abyss.
  • These chillingly realized glimpses of the abyss are not for the faint of heart.
  • If any culture can pull themselves up and out of "the abyss" it is a certainty in my mind that they will.
  • I've gone on some fruitless adventures into the abyss.
  • Andrew stepped back from the abyss last week with a welcome change from a series of abysmal appearances.
  • We are able, somehow, to communicate through the abyss regardless.
British Dictionary definitions for abyss


a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm
anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame
hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek abussos bottomless (as in the phrase abussos limnē bottomless lake), from a-1 + bussos depth
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Word Origin and History for abyss

late 14c., earlier abime (c.1300, from a form in Old French), from Late Latin abyssus "bottomless pit," from Greek abyssos (limne) "bottomless (pool)," from a- "without" (see a- (2)) + byssos "bottom," possibly related to bathos "depth."

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