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abysmal

a·bys·mal

abysmal

 
 
pronunciation:
bIz ml
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of vast extent; unmeasurable; extreme.
The death camps were places of abysmal suffering.
synonyms:
bottomless, fathomless, immeasurable, immense, infinite
similar words:
boundless, cavernous, deep, endless, enormous, great, huge, prodigious, profound, stupendous, yawning
definition 2: extremely or deplorably bad; miserable.
Conditions were abysmal in the field hospital.
synonyms:
awful, deplorable, dreadful, horrible, terrible
antonyms:
average
similar words:
bad, lousy, miserable, unpleasant
derivation: abysmally (adv.)
Word Parts
The word abysmal contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.