Origin of abysmal
Examples from the Web for abysmally
Almost as bad as the reviews that Moby Dick received, which were abysmally negative.
He did not know quite what this Something would be, but he abysmally inferred that it would be extremely unpleasant.The Girl in the Mirror|Elizabeth Garver Jordan
All had seen the same indescribably horrible, abysmally atrocious, things.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
Something in the way she said it made Joanna see she was abysmally ignorant.Joanna Godden|Sheila Kaye-Smith
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.