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  • noun Plural form of abyss.

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Examples

  • "Driving Miss Daisy" ought not to be as good as it is, for it marches repeatedly to the brink of the twin abysses of preachiness and sentimentality.

    A Perfect Night on Broadway

  • One of the most arresting "truths" that emerge, like silvery fish, at the end of the line of this Fisher in the abysses is the "truth" that any kind of departure from the Normal may become a means of mystic illumination.

    Visions and Revisions A Book of Literary Devotions

  • If we are led up to none of the enkindled summits of the soul, and plunged into none of its abysses, that is no reason why we should fail to be struck by the pale flame of strenuous self-possession, or touched by the ingenuousness and simplicity of the speaker's accents.

    Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 3 (of 3) Essay 2: The Death of Mr Mill - Essay 3: Mr Mill's Autobiography

  • We saw him just now dealing with his "abysses," and his "lightning;" we quote his concluding comment on this event, which will present a specimen of his more facetious style of eloquence, and the singular

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • Of the much-dreaded dizzy abysses I saw nothing; the startling term must have been used to designate some unimportant declivities, along the brow of which I rode, in sight of the sea; or perhaps the "abysses" were on the lava-fields, where I sometimes noticed small chasms of fifteen or sixteen feet in depth at the most.

    Visit to Iceland

  • Barleycorn played me -- a monstrous, incredible trick that showed abysses of intoxication hitherto undreamed.

    Chapter 12

  • Trying to steer the group from the edge of various abysses, he and Newt shared the big boy babysitter role, while Bachmann lost more momentum than a dark matter anvil hitting a freeway sound wall.

    Will Durst: Red Meat Slam Dance

  • Trying to steer the group from the edge of various abysses, he and Newt shared the big boy babysitter role, while Bachmann lost more momentum than a dark matter anvil hitting a freeway sound wall.

    Will Durst: Red Meat Slam Dance

  • So wide a love and comradeship that bridges the abysses of human thought, is bound to seem absurd and lunatic, not merely to the stupid, average, political human, but to the stupid, average, conventional Christian.

    Jack London's Nonfiction Collection of Unpublished Book Forwards

  • It dealt with man and his soul-gropings in their ultimate terms, plumbing the abysses of space for the testimony of remotest suns and rainbow spectrums.

    Chapter 35

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