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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-biz-muh l]
    • /əˈbɪz məl/
    • /əˈbɪz.məl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-biz-muh l]
    • /əˈbɪz məl/

Definitions of abysmal word

  • adjective abysmal If you describe a situation or the condition of something as abysmal, you think that it is very bad or poor in quality. 3
  • adjective abysmal immeasurable; very great 3
  • adjective abysmal of or like an abyss; bottomless; unfathomable 3
  • adjective abysmal wretched to the point of despair; immeasurably bad 3
  • adjective abysmal of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great. 1
  • adjective abysmal extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty. 1

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Origin of abysmal

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
First recorded in 1650-60; abysm + -al1

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Parts of speech for Abysmal


abysmal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abysmal

adj abysmal

  • bottomless — If you describe a supply of something as bottomless, you mean that it seems so large that it will never run out.
  • boundless — If you describe something as boundless, you mean that there seems to be no end or limit to it.
  • complete — You use complete to emphasize that something is as great in extent, degree, or amount as it possibly can be.
  • deep — If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.
  • incalculable — very numerous or great.

adjective abysmal

  • terrible — distressing; severe: a terrible winter.
  • awful — If you say that someone or something is awful, you dislike that person or thing or you think that they are not very good.
  • dreadful — causing great dread, fear, or terror; terrible: a dreadful storm.
  • horrible — causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
  • appalling — Something that is appalling is so bad or unpleasant that it shocks you.

Antonyms for abysmal

adj abysmal

  • infinite — immeasurably great: an infinite capacity for forgiveness.
  • low — situated, placed, or occurring not far above the ground, floor, or base: a low shelf.

adjective abysmal

  • superb — admirably fine or excellent; extremely good: a superb performance.

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