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An abyss.

[Middle English abime, from Old French abisme, from Vulgar Latin *abissimus, alteration of Late Latin abyssus; see abyss.]


an archaic word for abyss
[C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin abysmus abyss]


(əˈbɪz əm)

an abyss.
[1250–1300; < Middle French abisme]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abysm - a bottomless gulf or pitabysm - a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
chasm - a deep opening in the earth's surface


Something of immeasurable and vast extent:
abyss, chasm, deep, depth (often used in plural), gulf.
References in classic literature ?
And all my austere nights of midnight oil, all the books I had read, all the wisdom I had gathered, went glimmering before the ape and tiger in me that crawled up from the abysm of my heredity, atavistic, competitive and brutal, lustful with strength and desire to outswine the swine.
One end awaits for all that mortal be; Pride and despair shall find a common grave: The Yang-tse-kiang renders wave and wave To mingle with the abysms of the sea.
Once returned from the abysms of the utter North to that little house upon the outskirts of Meudon, it was not the philosopher, the daring observer, the man of iron energy that imposed himself on his family, but a fat and even plaintive jester, a farceur incarnate and kindly, the co-equal of his children, and, it must be written, not seldom the comic despair of Madame Lavalle, who, as she writes five years after the marriage, to her venerable mother, found "in this unequalled intellect whose name I bear the abandon of a large and very untidy boy.
The primary text includes the following essays: Christophe Van Gerrewey, "Theatre Between Performance and Installation: Three Contemporary Belgian Examples" (17-30); Klaas Tindemans, "The Fourth Wall, or the Rift Between Citizen and Government: Another Attempt at a Conceptual Synthesis of Theatre and Politics" (31-42); Nancy Delhalle, "Using Recorded Images for Political Purposes" (43-56); Anna Teresa Scheer, "A Campsite for the Avant-Garde and a Church in Cyberspace: Christoph Schilingensief's Dialogue with Avant-Gardism" (57-76); Evelien Jonckheere, "Echoes from the Animist Past: Abattoir Ferme's Dark Backward and Abysm of Time" (77-89); Jeroen Coppens, "Folding Mutants or Crumbling Hybrids?
We've had many thrilling experiences, from giving the first performance of Conlon Nancarrow orchestral works at the Proms, taking Gerald Barry's The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit to Carnegie Hall in New York, and too many memorable concerts in Aldeburgh to count, not least the performance of Poul Ruders' ABYSM which plunged the Maltings into darkness halfway through
It first opened my eyes to antiquity, the 'dark backward and abysm of time.
While the past might be instrumentalized in any number of ways by the present, the Queen's Men and Shakespeare recognized that history plays undertook an act of aesthetic-historical conjuration; these theater professionals struggled to salvage the past from the dark backward and abysm of time while remaining aware of the fundamental problems that such a project faces.
In the backward and abysm, "Pictures" shows no help for pain.
Indeed, it seems that interpretation was the primary means by which the Victorians reasserted the primacy of the individual in the face of annihilation and "the dark and backward abysm of time.
As the mnemonic abysm opened for Proust as he tasted the madeleine, it is not his own past that it revives but the life of Another, which as a last resort constitutes him: "This Other he happened to be had with no doubt written poems.
I do not think that we are supposed to ask how Prospero acquired all this information, although we probably assume that he could have posited Sycorax's osteoporosis from the popular stereotype of witches, (14) and that the other facts about her could have been derived earlier from Ariel (when his memory was in better condition) or from his own magical ability to see into the dark backward and abysm of time.
Soon the company was following its stumbling captain down steep ravines and around narrow ledges where any slip of footing could send an unlucky fool falling and shrieking into the rainroar of a black abysm.