Adjective "abysmal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely bad; appalling.
  1. 'Carlow's league campaign has descended from early promise to an abysmal second half display against Wexford last time out.'
  2. 'Happily, their plugs are configured differently or I would have fried my laptop in my abysmal ignorance.'
  3. 'Since the demise of the Catch Me Com buses the No 4 Highercroft route has degenerated from poor to absolutely abysmal.'
  4. 'Certainly the abysmal suffering and despair in many poor countries should cause us sickening guilt.'
  5. 'But many schools serving the poor are of such abysmal quality that many children drop out of school in frustration.'
  6. 'I've often wondered how they could get away with some of the cooking programmes that are on TV, considering how abysmal the hygiene shown is.'
  7. 'There was no denying Ballylinan's superiority as they completely overshadowed an abysmal Rock performance.'
  8. 'For all the insensitivity of this mistake, it represents the abysmal lack of knowledge about the Baltics in the minds of many a Westerner.'
  9. 'The down side is excess weight, poor performance and abysmal gas mileage.'
  10. 'Yet, even though official statistics reveal this abysmal state of affairs, what is the Government's response?'
Very deep.
  1. 'Will computers close the final gap, and find in their own depths, abysmal or otherwise, an instinctual feel for the wrong move at the right time?'
  2. 'He yawned widely; from the depths of the abysmal abyss stretching beyond his throat emerged his tongue.'


1. of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great.

2. extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.

More examples(as adjective)

"heats can be abysmal in/at/on ways."

"records can be abysmal."

"performances can be abysmal."

"starts can be abysmal."

"revenues can be abysmal."

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Mid 17th century (used literally as in abysmal (sense 2)): from abysm. abysmal (sense 1) dates from the early 19th century.