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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-biz-uh m]
    • /əˈbɪz əm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-biz-uh m]
    • /əˈbɪz əm/

Definitions of abysm word

  • noun abysm an abyss 3
  • noun abysm an abyss. 1
  • noun abysm (archaic, poetic) Hell; the infernal pit; the great deep; the primal chaos. (First attested between 1150 and 1350.). 1
  • noun abysm (now chiefly literary) An abyss; a gulf, a chasm, a very deep hole. 0

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Origin of abysm

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English abi(s)me < Middle French abisme < Vulgar Latin *abyssimus, a neologistic pseudo-superlative of Late Latin abyssus abyss

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Parts of speech for Abysm


abysm popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abysm usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abysm

noun abysm

  • abyss — An abyss is a very deep hole in the ground.
  • depth — The depth of something such as a river or hole is the distance downwards from its top surface, or between its upper and lower surfaces.
  • gorge — to swallow, especially greedily.
  • gulf — a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.
  • chasm — A chasm is a very deep crack in rock, earth, or ice.

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