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abyss

[uh-bis] /əˈbɪs/
noun
1.
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
2.
anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite:
the abyss of time.
3.
  1. the primal chaos before Creation.
  2. the infernal regions; hell.
  3. a subterranean ocean.
Origin
1350-1400
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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British Dictionary definitions for abysses

abyss

/əˈbɪs/
noun
1.
a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm
2.
anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame
3.
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 abysses

abyss

n.

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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