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abyss

a·byss

abyss

pronunciation:
bIs
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: a vast pit, too deep to be measured.
I had a nightmare about falling into an abyss.
synonyms:
deep, gulf
similar words:
canyon, chasm, gorge, pit, void
Word Parts
The word abyss 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.