Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to an abyss; unfathomable.

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Usage examples "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", Henry James.
  2. He no longer dares to tease her by assuming an abysmal inferiority of Freddy's mind to his own. - "Pygmalion", 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", George Meredith.