- an abyss.
Origin of abysm
Examples from the Web for abysm
I've been exploring the dark backwards and abysm of the Bronx—afoot.The Destroying Angel
Louis Joseph Vance
Cf. “Tempest,” i, 2, 50: “In the dark backward and abysm of time.”Hazlitt on English Literature
His voice dropped, and he seemed to drop too, into some abysm of thought.Balcony Stories
Grace E. King
"Four years," said Andrew looking into the dark backward and abysm of time.The Mountebank
William J. Locke
It is easy to see how such conditions profoundly limit the development of organic being in the abysm of the ocean.Outlines of the Earth's History
Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
- an archaic word for abyss
Word Origin and History for abysm
"bottomless gulf, greatest depths," now chiefly poetic, c.1300, from Old French abisme (Modern French abîme), from Vulgar Latin *abyssimus (source of Spanish and Portuguese abismo), which represents either a superlative of Latin abyssus or a formation on analogy of Greek-derived words in -ismus; see abyss.