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English citations of abyss

  1. Sense 1: Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos; a confined subterranean ocean.
    • Ye powers and spirits of this nethermost abyss – John Milton
    • The throne is darkness, in the abyss of light – John Dryden
    • And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you – Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. Sense 2: (frequently figuratively) A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable; any void space.
  • 1818 – Mary Shelley. Frankenstein.
    I feel as if I were walking on the edge of a precipice, towards which thousands are crowding and endeavouring to plunge me into the abyss.