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See also: abissò



  • IPA(key): /aˈbis.so/
  • Rhymes: -isso
  • Hyphenation: a‧bìs‧so.

Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin abyssus, from Ancient Greek ἄβῠσσος (ábussos, bottomless).


abisso m (plural abissi)

  1. abyss, gulf
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto IV, lines 23–27, page 54:
      Così si mise e così mi fé intrare ¶ nel primo cerchio che l’abisso cigne. ¶ Quivi, secondo che per ascoltare, ¶ non avea pianto mai che di sospiri ¶ che l’aura etterna facevan tremare
      Thus he went in, and thus he made me enter the foremost circle that surrounds the abyss. There, in so far as I had power to hear, were lamentations none, but only sighs, that tremulous made the everlasting air.
    • 1825, Vincenzo Monti, transl., Iliade [Iliad], Milan: Giovanni Resnati e Gius. Bernardoni di Gio, translation of Ἰλιάς (Iliás) by Homer, published 1840, Book XXII, lines 463–466, page 479:
      Così detto, spirò. Sciolta dal corpo ¶ Prese l’alma il suo vol verso l’abisso, ¶ Lamentando il suo fato ed il perduto ¶ Fior della forte gioventude.
      Having said that, he passed. His soul, released from the body, took flight towards the abyss, lamenting its fate and the lost flower of strong youth.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of abissare


  • abisso in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana