Meaning of “abysmal” in the English Dictionary

"abysmal" in British English

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abysmaladjective

uk /əˈbɪz.məl/ us /əˈbɪz.məl/

abysmal adjective (DEEP)

literary very deep:

titanic heights and abysmal depths
abysmally
adverb uk /əˈbɪz.məl.i/ us /əˈbɪz.məl.i/

an abysmally poor book

(Definition of “abysmal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abysmal" in American English

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abysmaladjective

us /əˈbɪz·məl/

very bad:

This experiment could help a lot of people, or it could be an abysmal failure.

(Definition of “abysmal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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