Abysm meaning

ə-bĭzəm
An abyss.
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(old poet.) An abyss.
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(archaic, poetic) Hell; the infernal pit; the great deep; the primal chaos. [First attested between 1150 and 1350.]
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(now chiefly literary) An abyss; a gulf, a chasm, a very deep hole. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
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Origin of abysm

  • Middle English abime from Old French abisme from Vulgar Latin abissimus alteration of Late Latin abyssus abyss

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English abime, from Old French abisme from Late Latin abyssimus, a superlative of abyssus (“bottomless pit”), from Ancient Greek ἄβυσσος (abussos). Cognate to French abîme.

    From Wiktionary