Definition of abysmal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈbɪzməl//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɪzməl//
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extremely bad or of a very low standard synonym terrible His manners are abysmal. The council has an abysmal record on education. Word Originmid 17th cent. (used literally as in 'very deep'): from abysm, from Old French abisme, medieval Latin abysmus, alteration of late Latin abyssus ‘bottomless pit’. The figurative meaning dates from the early 19th cent.
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