A Word A Day : Abyss

Thursday, 6th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : a' bis

1. An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void

2. The primeval chaos out of which it was believed that the earth and sky were formed

3. The abode of evil spirits

4. Hell


Middle English abissus, from Late Latin abyssus, from Greek abussos, bottomless


1. Abysm

2. Chasm

3. Depth

4. Deep

5. Gulf


1. High Ground

2. Zenith

Contextual Example:

• If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

• She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood to the somber depths of unmodified slavery.The abyss of separation between her and her boy was complete.

Related Word:

Abysmal : Adjective

Abysmally : Adverb

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