Origin of abysmal
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For everybody else, public schools were the only option—and these institutions often had an abysmal record.
It was a mess, and when Ball exited as showrunner following the abysmal fifth season, it got even worse.'True Blood' Ends With a Whimper: The Sexy HBO Vampire Series Is (Finally) Over|Marlow Stern|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yes, the economy remains sclerotic, work force participation is abysmal, and wages stagnate.GOP’s Biggest 2016 Problem: Clinton’s Numbers Among White Voters|Lloyd Green|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has been, by all accounts, an abysmal year when it comes to comedy films.June Squibb, the Curse-Happy Elderly Mom In ‘Nebraska,’ Delivers the Year’s Funniest Turn|Marlow Stern|November 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For guys, Indiana Jones enjoyed a resurgence, thanks to the abysmal sequel that had just been released.The Most Popular Halloween Costumes Through the Years: 1985-2013|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In his abysmal discouragement his ideals were all topsy-turvy.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
Borckman felt the abysmal urgings of the beast, as a beast, to prove himself master of this four-legged beast.Jerry of the Islands|Jack London
If the devils who plan wars could only see the abysmal result of their handiwork!Carry On|Coningsby Dawson
He shut the cabinet door; the flashlight went out; and he stood like a man stunned, the sense of some abysmal disaster upon him.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale|Frank L. Packard
And yet how abysmal was the difference between then and now!An Ambitious Woman|Edgar Fawcett
1650s, formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Weakened sense of "extremely bad" is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its "depth"), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally.