[ uh-bis ]
/ əˈbɪs /
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite: the abyss of time.
(in ancient cosmogony)
- the primal chaos before Creation.
- the infernal regions; hell.
- a subterranean ocean.
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Origin of abyss
1350–1400; earlier abisse,Middle English abissus<Late Latin abyssus<Greek ábyssos bottomless, equivalent to a-a-6 + byssós bottom of the sea
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British Dictionary definitions for abyss
/ (əˈbɪs) /
a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm
anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame
hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit
Word Origin for abyss
C16: via Late Latin from Greek abussos bottomless (as in the phrase abussos limnē bottomless lake), from a- 1 + bussos depth
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