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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bis]
    • /əˈbɪs/
    • /əˈbɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bis]
    • /əˈbɪs/

Definitions of abyss word

  • countable noun abyss An abyss is a very deep hole in the ground. 3
  • countable noun abyss If someone is on the edge or brink of an abyss, they are about to enter into a very frightening or threatening situation. 3
  • countable noun abyss A very great difference between two people, things, or groups can be referred to as an abyss. 3
  • noun abyss a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm 3
  • noun abyss anything that appears to be endless or immeasurably deep, such as time, despair, or shame 3
  • noun abyss hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit 3

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Origin of abyss

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; earlier abisse, Middle English abissus < Late Latin abyssus < Greek ábyssos bottomless, equivalent to a- a-6 + byssós bottom of the sea

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Parts of speech for Abyss


abyss popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abyss usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abyss

noun abyss

  • void — Law. having no legal force or effect; not legally binding or enforceable.
  • 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.
  • crevasse — A crevasse is a large, deep crack in thick ice or rock.
  • chasm — A chasm is a very deep crack in rock, earth, or ice.
  • gulf — a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.

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