American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resembling an abyss in depth; unfathomable.
- adj. Very profound; limitless: abysmal misery.
- adj. Very bad: an abysmal performance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to an abyss; bottomless; profound; fathomless; immeasurable.
- Specifically Pertaining to great depths in the ocean: thus, species of plants found only at great depths are called abysmal species, and also abyssal (which see).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound.
- adj. resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable
- adj. very great; limitless.
- abysm + -al (Wiktionary)
“A University of Regina professor says the state of math education in schools can be traced to what he calls the "abysmal" training of university students studying to become teachers.”
“Acker, Ripple-Carpenter and the former sheepherder are working to bring attention to what they call abysmal treatment of the sheepherders.”
“G.M.B. Akash takes photos of children who live and work in abysmal conditions in Bangladesh:”
“At the same time, the American Left was in abysmal disarray.”
“In the 1930s people around him lived in abysmal poverty, most of them eating less than one rice - gruel meal a day.”
“Wallace doesn't handle the ball well enough to turn it over much, but most people know that he can't hit treys and is abysmal from the stripe (42%) and not great from the floor (45%).”
“This doesn't go, of course, for the mass of the people, living in abysmal ignorance and grinding poverty, their comprehension barely extending to the frontier.”
“Former franchisee Brumagin also is skeptical and says introducing somewhat fancier, higher-priced food could go the way of a healthy menu experiment in the mid-'90s that he called an "abysmal failure.”
“Some cleanup will probably take place tonight, my front hall and office are in abysmal condition just now because I’ve been lazy, lost some sleep, and been focused on other things.”
“The water supply and sanitation situation around the world can only be described as abysmal.”
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