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abysm +‎ -al


  • IPA(key): /əˈbɪz.məl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪzməl


abysmal (comparative more abysmal, superlative most abysmal)

  1. (now rare) Pertaining to, or resembling an abyss.
    Synonyms: unending, profound, fathomless, immeasurable
  2. (figurative) extremely bad; terrible.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, in BBC Sport:
      Robben curled an effort against the foot of the post from the edge of the box after being gifted the ball by an abysmal clearance from keeper Stephan Andersen.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abysmal”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 11.

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abysmal m or f (plural abysmaes)

  1. Obsolete spelling of abismal