V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. very deep or extreme; 2. terrible, appallingly bad, or extremely severe
Synonyms: immense, extreme, infinite, bottomless, profound, deep, terrible, horrible, dreadful
Antonyms: limited, shallow, wonderful
Tips: Something abysmal is deep as an abyss. Abysmal is derived from the Greek abussos, "bottomless." Abysmal is usually used in the negative sense to describe the lowest of lows. If a situation is abysmal, it can't get any worse--it's as low and terrible as it can be.
The children refused to swim in the abysmal waters of the lake. (deep, bottomless)
The student's abysmal ignorance of the topic astounded the professor. (profound, extreme)
The depth of the gorge was so abysmal that John was afraid to look down. (extremely deep, infinite)
After hours of travel in abysmal conditions, the group finally arrived, exhausted. (dreadful, terrible)
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