Synonyms for abyss

Grammar : Noun
Spell : uh-bis
Phonetic Transcription : əˈbɪs

Définition of abyss

Origin :
  • late 14c., earlier abime (c.1300, from a form in Old French), from Late Latin abyssus "bottomless pit," from Greek abyssos (limne) "bottomless (pool)," from a- "without" (see a- (2)) + byssos "bottom," possibly related to bathos "depth."
  • noun something very deep, usually a feature of land
Example sentences :
  • Kirkwood groaned with despair of his inability to fathom the abyss of his self-contempt.
  • Extract from : « The Black Bag » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • Pierre could divine that an abyss was opening, and dared not insist.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete » by Emile Zola
  • But if one falls, that is no reason to throw oneself in the abyss.
  • Extract from : « A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales » by Guy De Maupassant
  • Invoke not the unhallowed spirits of the abyss; invoke the spotless synod of the Gods.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • Between this time and that I am now speaking of was an abyss.
  • Extract from : « The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete » by Duc de Saint-Simon
  • He would draw his friend away from the verge of the abyss at any cost.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Khalid » by Ameen Rihani
  • Was not this the end of the earth, and were they not going to roll into the unknown, over the edge of some abyss?
  • Extract from : « Doctor Pascal » by Emile Zola
  • The dead are dead, and the living are alive; and between them is a gulf—an abyss of nothingness.
  • Extract from : « The World Beyond » by Raymond King Cummings
  • "Oh, don't let us mind," said Margaret, distressed again by odours from the abyss.
  • Extract from : « Howards End » by E. M. Forster
  • It came on me like a storm of thunder and lightning, sweeping my happiness into the abyss.
  • Extract from : « The Woman Thou Gavest Me » by Hall Caine

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