abysmal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abysm +‎ -al

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abysmal (comparative more abysmal, superlative most abysmal)

  1. (now rare) Pertaining to, or resembling an abyss; unending; profound; fathomless; immeasurable. [First attested in the mid 17th century.][1]
    • Carlyle
      Geology gives one the same abysmal extent of time that astronomy does of space. [First attested in the early 19th century.][1]
  2. (figuratively, colloquial) Bottomless; extremely bad.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, BBC Sport:
      Robben curled an effort against the foot of the post from the edge of the box after being gifted the ball by an abysmal clearance from keeper Stephan Andersen.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nouns to which "abysmal" is often applied: ignorance, record, performance, poverty, conditions, quality, perplexity, result.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 11

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