Meaning of abysm in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbɪz(ə)m/

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  • An abyss.

    ‘the abysm from which nightmares crawl’
    • ‘For its self-referential abysms are only made darker by the thought that Rosemary Squires didn't pour her heart into this song: Irving Berlin did.’
    • ‘‘What she offered,’ notes the author, ‘in her most sensual, primitive, uncivilized and, from the standpoint of normal aesthetics, distasteful acts slipped over the brink - and she could take you with her - into the abysms of the sacred.’’
    • ‘Crystal reached her shaking hand and took it as if it was her last salvation before she falls in the abysm.’


Middle English from Old French abisme, medieval Latin abysmus, alteration of late Latin abyssus ‘bottomless pit’, the ending being assimilated to the Greek ending -ismos.