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English definition of “abyss”

abyss

noun [C usually singular] uk   /əˈbɪs/ us  

abyss noun [C usually singular] (HOLE)

literary a very deep hole that seems to have no bottomValleys

abyss noun [C usually singular] (BAD SITUATION)

a difficult situation that brings trouble or destruction: The country is sinking/plunging into an abyss of violence and lawlessness. She found herself on the edge of an abyss.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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