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a·bysm

 (ə-bĭz′əm)
n.
An abyss.

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

abysm

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

a•bysm

(əˈbɪz əm)

n.
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

abysm

noun
Something of immeasurable and vast extent:
abyss, chasm, deep, depth (often used in plural), gulf.
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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.
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.
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women), and, without her influence, was not as likely to be joined to the mythic, romantic sweep of the abysms of time that both Lewis and Tolkien loved.
These average figures mask large differences between media, as well as small abysms within a same editorial room as a result of arbitrary compensation formulas designed to satisfy variable bonuses that are not admitted by the committees".