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abysmal

[ uh-biz-muhl ]
/ əˈbɪz məl /
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adjective

of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great.
extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.

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Origin of abysmal

First recorded in 1650–60; abysm + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM abysmal

a·bys·mal·ly, adverbul·tra-a·bys·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abysmal

abysmal
/ (əˈbɪzməl) /

adjective

immeasurable; very greatabysmal stupidity
informal extremely badan abysmal film

Derived forms of abysmal

abysmally, adverb
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