(archaic, poetic) Hell; the infernal pit; the great deep; the primal chaos. [First attested between 1150 and 1350.]
Other Word Forms of Abysm
Origin of Abysm
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.
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
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