abyss /əˈbɪs/


I. noun

1. a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm

a rope led down into the dark abyss.
2. a wide or profound difference between people; a gulf

the abyss between the two nations.
3. the regions of hell conceived of as a bottomless pit

Satan’s dark abyss.
4. ( the abyss) a catastrophic situation seen as likely to occur

teetering on the edge of the abyss of a total political wipeout.
– origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘infernal pit’): via late Latin from Greek abussos ‘bottomless’, from a- ‘without’ + bussos ‘depth’.

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