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[Middle English abime, from Old French abisme, from Vulgar Latin *abissimus, alteration of Late Latin abyssus; see abyss.]
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an archaic word for abyss
[C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin abysmus abyss]
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[1250–1300; < Middle French abisme]
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|Noun||1.||abysm - 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
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