What does the word abysmal mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to an abyss; unfathomable.

Usage examples for abysmal

  1. For such was essentially the point: it was rich, romantic, abysmal, to have, as was evident, thousands and thousands a year, to have youth and intelligence and if not beauty, at least, in equal measure, a high, dim, charming, ambiguous oddity, which was even better, and then on top of all to enjoy boundless freedom, the freedom of the wind in the desert- it was unspeakably touching to be so equipped and yet to have been reduced by fortune to little humble- minded mistakes. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  2. He no longer dares to tease her by assuming an abysmal inferiority of Freddy's mind to his own. – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  3. An imploring of forgiveness would not have been necessary with those two, however great their- or the woman's- astonishment at the revelation of an abysmal male humanity. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith