Abyss meaning

ə-bĭs
(frequently figuratively) A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable; any void space. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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The definition of an abyss is an extremely deep or bottomless hole or chasm, either literal or figurative.

A bottomless pit is an example of an abyss.

A person who is very depressed may be said to have fallen into an abyss.

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Moral depravity; vast intellectual or moral depth.
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An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void.
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A deep fissure in the earth; bottomless gulf; chasm.
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Anything too deep for measurement; profound depth.

Abyss of shame, of time, etc.

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The ocean depths.
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The primeval void or chaos before the Creation.
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Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos; a confined subterranean ocean. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Abbreviation of Abyssinia.
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Abbreviation of Abyssinian.
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Anything infinite, immeasurable, or profound. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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An impending catastrophic happening.
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(heraldry) The center of an escutcheon.
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Origin of abyss

  • Middle English abissus from Late Latin abyssus from Greek abussos bottomless a- without a–1 bussos bottom

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

  • From Middle English abissus, from Late Latin abyssus (“a bottomless gulf”), from Ancient Greek ἄβυσσος (abussos, “bottomless”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”)+ βυσσός (bussos, “deep place”),, from βυθός (bythos, “deep place”).

    From Wiktionary