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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 abysmally word

  • adjective abysmally of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great. 1
  • adjective abysmally extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty. 1
  • noun abysmally (derogatory) Very; incredibly; profoundly; to an extreme degree; dreadfully. (First attested in the late 19th century.)1. 1

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Origin of abysmally

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 Abysmally


abysmally 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.
According to our data about 60% 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.

abysmally usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abysmally

adverb abysmally

  • terribly — in a terrible manner.
  • awfully — in an unpleasant, bad, or reprehensible manner
  • dreadfully — in a dreadful way: The pain has increased dreadfully.
  • appallingly — causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
  • badly — If something is done badly or goes badly, it is not very successful or effective.

Antonyms for abysmally

adverb abysmally

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

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