from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling an abyss in depth; unfathomable.
  • adjective Very profound; limitless.
  • adjective Very bad.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound.

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  • adjective figuratively, colloquial Bottomless; extremely bad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable
  • adjective very great; limitless


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