abysmal


abysmal

adjective

  1. of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great.
  2. extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty.

adjective

  1. immeasurable; very greatabysmal stupidity
  2. informal extremely badan abysmal film
adj.

1650s, formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Weakened sense of “extremely bad” is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its “depth”), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally.

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