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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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abysmal

(adjective) Extremely or hopelessly bad or severe.

Synonyms: dreadful, terrible, awful, appalling, dismal, dire, ghastly, hideous, atrocious, godawful

Usage: We have been having abysmal weather lately, but the Sun is finally expected to make an appearance next week!
Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 1:35:30 AM

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abysmal (adj.)
1650s, "pertaining to an abyss," formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Perhaps only a dictionary word before 19c. Weakened sense of "extremely bad" is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its "depth"), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 1:36:35 AM

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If you want to say something is really, really bad — then call it abysmal. If one person shows up to your party, well then that is an abysmal turnout. The 1958 Ford Edsel? An abysmal failure.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 1:37:44 AM

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When someone describes the hole you just dug as abysmal, you may not know whether to take it as positive or negative feedback. That's because starting in the 1650s, abysmal simply meant “resembling an abyss in depth.” By that definition you've just received a compliment on your deep digging skills. But since the early twentieth century, abysmal has been more commonly used to identify something as "extremely bad." So it's more likely that your hole has just been insulted.

Adyl Mouhei
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"They lived in abysmal misery, yet they had no prospect of a better tomorrow. They existed under capitalism, yet there was no accumulation of capital."


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