A Word A Day : Abysmal

Word of 29th May 2007: A Word A Day-Abysmal


( Adjective )

Abysmal (un BIZ mul): extremely hopeless or wretched, bottomless

• An abyss is bottomless pit or something so deep that it seems bottomless.

Abysmal despair is despair so deep that no hope seems possible.

• The nation's debt crisis was abysmal. There seemed to be no possible solution to it.

Abysmal is often used somewhat sloppily to mean very bad. You might hear a losing baseball team's performance referred to as abysmal. This isn't strictly correct, but many people do it.

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