Synonyms for abysm

Grammar : Noun
Spell : uh-biz-uh m
Phonetic Transcription : əˈbɪz əm

Définition of abysm

Origin :
  • "bottomless gulf, greatest depths," now chiefly poetic, c.1300, from Old French abisme (Modern French abîme), from Vulgar Latin *abyssimus (source of Spanish and Portuguese abismo), which represents either a superlative of Latin abyssus or a formation on analogy of Greek-derived words in -ismus; see abyss.
  • noun deep hole
Example sentences :
  • I've been exploring the dark backwards and abysm of the Bronx—afoot.
  • Extract from : « The Destroying Angel » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • Cf. “Tempest,” i, 2, 50: “In the dark backward and abysm of time.”
  • Extract from : « Hazlitt on English Literature » by Jacob Zeitlin
  • His voice dropped, and he seemed to drop too, into some abysm of thought.
  • Extract from : « Balcony Stories » by Grace E. King
  • "Four years," said Andrew looking into the dark backward and abysm of time.
  • Extract from : « The Mountebank » by William J. Locke
  • It is easy to see how such conditions profoundly limit the development of organic being in the abysm of the ocean.
  • Extract from : « Outlines of the Earth's History » by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • This makes their date one of incalculable antiquity; they are removed from us by a ‘dark backward and abysm of time.’
  • Extract from : « Custom and Myth » by Andrew Lang
  • Phil and I had been classmates in the dark backward and abysm, and we were still, in a manner of speaking, friends.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Susan » by Lee Wilson Dodd
  • I shall never count an iota against you "in the dark backward and abysm of Time."
  • Extract from : « Diana of the Crossways, Complete » by George Meredith
  • A horseman dashed to the front; and, poising his horse upon the very edge, looked down into the abysm.
  • Extract from : « The White Chief » by Mayne Reid
  • The flooring of these colossal garrets has crevices in it through which one can look down into the abysm, the church, below.
  • Extract from : « The Memoirs of Victor Hugo » by Victor Hugo

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