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For in them he could see no expression, no feeling, but only abysmal cruelty.

It seemed the top of earthly fortune to be free, and abysmal misery to have missed it.

There is no class of liar so abysmal as the East-end criminal Jew.

What strange, abysmal vitality informs them is beyond all speculation.

But then it might all be real instead, and that was abysmal horror.

The Conservatives have never shown the abysmal hypocrisy of the Liberals.

This ended in low guttural, which growled up from an abysmal depth.

For even the abysmal moment of creation had marked the world for his prey.

I sent him a polite note of apology, which he received in abysmal silence.

Mark, then, the abysmal degradation to which she fell at the hands of the Chauffeur.

WORD ORIGIN

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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