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Abysmal (very bad) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective abysmal

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adjective - degrees: more abysmal / most abysmal

  1. very great; limitless
  2. resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable

Alternative definition of the adjective abysmal


  1. Pertaining to, or resembling an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound; fathomless; immeasurable.
  2. Extremely bad.


Abysmal is a musical group.

  • album: "The Pillorian Age"

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Google previewCollins Primary Illustrated Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries) (2015)

by Collins Dictionaries

abysmal. ADJECTIVE very bad abysmally ADVERB. academic. academics ADJECTIVE 1 Academic work is done in school, college and university. NOUN2 someonewho teaches or does research in a college or university. academy.

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English (1919)

by Francis George Fowler

abysmal, a. Bottomless, esp. flg., as a. ignorance. Hence abysmalLY «ad v. (abysm + 'ALl abyss, n. The primal chaos, bowels of the earth, lower world ; a bottomless chasm, deep gorge; depth (a. of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler

abysmal, abyssal. The first is the rhetorical word (abysmal ignorance, degradation, bathos); abyssal, formerly used in the same way, has now been appropriated as a technical term meaning of the bottom of the ocean or of a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

Abysmal: A critique of cartographical reason. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Google previewJunior School Dictionary (2002)

by Linsay Knight, Andrew Delahunty

noun 4 insults or cruel language 5 wrong or harmful use of something: drug abuse 6 cruel or violent treatment Word Family: abusiye adjective abusiyely adverb abysmal (say ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (2003)

by American Heritage Dictionary

touch 06 adloin, border abysmal abysmal 05 awiul, utter 06 dismal 08 complete, dreadiul,

Google previewEnglish-Pali Dictionary (1989)

by Ambalaṅgoḍa Polvattē Buddhadatta

Abysmal Accomplish Abysmal, a. atalampassa ; agä- dha. Abyss, n.

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Most magazines have become wallpaper, they're all the same, all the same celebrities. It's really an abysmal time in American journalism right now. But occasionally one story or two will pop out. (David Talbot)
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Scrabble value of A1B3Y4S1M3A1L1

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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