- the primal chaos before Creation.
- the infernal regions; hell.
- a subterranean ocean.
Origin of abyss
Definition for abyss (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for abyss
But, Ali warns all that can change quickly if Anbar continues to crumble, “right now, we are looking into the Abyss.”
And my beloved Zimbabwe has sunk from a promising beacon into an abyss of greed and dictatorship.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when patients open their jaws, he totters on the abyss and gets no steadying hand from God.Joshua Ferris’s New Novel Chronicles an Existential Dentist in Despair|Tom LeClair|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And when I made the Abyss, which had a giant wave scene in it, those stopped.James Cameron on How to Find Flight MH370, Climate Change, Leonardo DiCaprio, and More|Marlow Stern|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At one point he fell down a crevasse and was left dangling in the abyss from a rope, up which he dragged his disintegrating body.
But a few deer and mussels and a half dozen hills of squashes could not fill the abyss of the Indian appetite.Hunting in Many Lands|Various
He seemed to see two genii seeking, the one to drag him towards heaven and the other towards the abyss.
It is never too late to draw back from such an abyss of shame.The Laughing Cavalier|Baroness Orczy
And the horror of that abyss into which he looked, flashing from his mind to my own, left me silent and helpless before him.Cecilia de Nol|Lanoe Falconer
"We all have our pastimes," went on the marquis, deepening the abyss into which he was finally to fall.The Grey Cloak|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for abyss
Word Origin for abyss
Word Origin and History for abyss
late 14c., earlier abime (c.1300, from a form in Old French), from Late Latin abyssus "bottomless pit," from Greek abyssos (limne) "bottomless (pool)," from a- "without" (see a- (2)) + byssos "bottom," possibly related to bathos "depth."