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Definition of "abyss" []

  • An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void: "lost in the vast abysses of space and time” ( Loren Eiseley). (noun)
  • The primeval chaos out of which it was believed that the earth and sky were formed. (noun)
  • The abode of evil spirits; hell. (noun)
  • A very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame (noun)
  • Hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit (noun)

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Use "abyss" in a sentence
  • "I know the abyss is there, but the picket fence stops me stumbling in by accident."
  • "Thu 10/29/09 3: 29 PM the abyss is the most UNDERRATED of his movies. its fabulous but no one ever remembers it"
  • "His body language and choice of words—he used the word "abyss" four times—betrayed a man humbled by a difficult struggle."