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Definition of abyss noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually singular] (formal or literary)
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  1. 1a very deep wide space or hole that seems to have no bottom Ahead of them was a gaping abyss.
  2. 2(figurative) an abyss of ignorance/despair/loneliness They took a long look into the abyss before deciding whether to jump.
  3. 3(figurative) The country is stepping back from the edge of an abyss.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: abyss