Inherited from Old French abisme, inherited from Late Latin *abyssimus, a superlative of Latin abyssus (“bottomless pit”), from Ancient Greek ἄβυσσος (ábussos). Compare Spanish and Portuguese abismo. Doublet of abysse.
abîme m (plural abîmes) (traditional spelling)
- abyss, chasm
- bottom of a chasm or valley
- (literary) infiniteness of thought
- (literary) superlative used with various abstraction and qualities; the climax or acme
- (literary) hell
- (heraldry) abyss of a shield, fess point
- Often used as if it was a pluralia tantum.
- “abîme” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).