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abysmal -- as in: an abysmal lecture
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  • Yes, the chances of success are abysmal.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The grouping on my other shots was abysmal.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Ration card restrictions, abysmal puddings, the deteriorating quality of fingernail varnish—these are crimes they feel in their souls.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Even Neville scraped through, his good Herbology mark making up for his abysmal Potions one.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • He no longer dares to tease her by assuming an abysmal inferiority of Freddy’s mind to his own.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • There only fell on her an abysmal fear, a certain knowledge that God had turned His face from her for her sin.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Which person," she said, her voice shaking, "which abysmally foolish person wrote down this week’s passwords and left them lying around?"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • At the end of the Depression his wealth had been nothing but a handful of controlling interests, bought at abysmally low prices, salable only at lower prices still.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • In the meantime, the abysmal brute in Beauty Smith had been rising into his brain and mastering the small bit of sanity that he possessed at best.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Although the hill ranch was large it was abysmally poor.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • I denounce because though implicated and partially responsible, I have been hurt to the point of abysmal pain, hurt to the point of invisibility.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • ’Another Remembrall?’ said Harry, remembering the marble-like device Neville’s grandmother had sent him in an effort to improve his abysmal memory.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Living, as they did, in what appeared to me impenetrable darkness, their eyes were abnormally large and sensitive, just as are the pupils of the abysmal fishes, and they reflected the light in the same way.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • But all this belonged—I mean their magnificent little surrender—just to the special array of the facts that were most abysmal.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Yet this had not been the moment; it was as far back as he could go, but the secret, the turning, the abysmal drop was farther back, in darkness.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • But has it not long beenstraying in the night without end of the abysmal depths?
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • Among other things, it crowds out a vision that drove him all but crazy: the look on some MIT professor’s face when he sees Cedric’s abysmal score of 75 out of a possible 160 on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, or PSAT.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • [Illustration: two page color illustration] Another sigh, deeper, more tremendous still, came from the abysmal depths of a soul.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Your numbers are abysmal.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • And he contemplated her absorbed young face with a thrill of possessorship in which pride in his own masculine initiation was mingled with a tender reverence for her abysmal purity.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • …kicked the chaplain out of the officers’ club, and it was exactly the way it almost was two months later after the chaplain had tried to persuade Colonel Cathcart to rescind his order increasing the number of missions to sixty and had failed abysmally in that endeavor too, and the chaplain was ready now to capitulate to despair entirely but was restrained by the memory of his wife, whom he loved and missed so pathetically with such sensual and exalted ardor, and by the lifelong trust…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But in the San Antonio Today ran so abysmally that his trainer concluded he had no chance in the Santa Anita Handicap.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I know that of all problems, none disturbed him so greatly nor worked upon him so much as the abysmal problem of time.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • In his report to the German government, he wrote that abysmal social conditions, which the government had fostered and done nothing to relieve, had caused the epidemic.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The Superintendent trundled steadily forward: he had expected these outbursts of insolence—they are the natural gestures of an inferior race, and he betrayed no hatred of Aziz, merely an abysmal contempt.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • At home she wondered if the little beast might not be suggesting himself as a rival to Erik, but that abysmal bedragglement she would not consider.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I reviewed over and over the plans that had seemed so straightforward before I arrived in jail, and I swore to myself and every god I knew that if I got out alive, I would never never never take any risks that were so abysmally stupid again.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Dorset was sunk in one of the abysmal silences which so commonly followed on what his wife called his "attacks" that it was easy, before the servants, to refer it to this cause; but Bertha herself seemed, perversely enough, little disposed to make use of this obvious means of protection.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • While he was teasing me with the charming, dangerous thing, he became quite old once more, very, very old, a thousand years old, with hair as white as snow, and his withered graybeard’s face laughed a still and soundless laughter that shook him to the depths with abysmal old-man’s humor.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • What kind of abysmal and purblind innocence could that have been which someone told you to call virginity?
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I recall him insisting upon the construction of that abysmal front terrace.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • If it indeed marked the start of a true and deep financial panic, the timing was abysmal.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Orfeo strutted forward, his face moving in a hundred independent directions, an abysmal recitation coming from his lips.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • In all the world, under the sea, in the abysmal caves, in the vast spaces of the air, there was no such terrible silence as this.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • If your vocabulary wasn’t so abysmal you wouldn’t have to carry a dictionary around with you to keep up with me.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • ’After the capricious fires, the abysmal dullness of youth,’ said Neville, ’the light falls upon real objects now.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The offense had been abysmal, and the Internet pundits and the newspaper columnists were pointing to his offensive line as the problem.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • They went to abysmal Greenwich Village restaurants with candles, artistic waiters, and no food; or to Chinatown dives with food and nothing else.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • It is my experience that in some areas Charley is more intelligent than I am, but in others he is abysmally ignorant: He can’t read, can’t drive a car, and has no grasp of mathematics.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Somewhere a boot thumped loudly and at irregular intervals against the wall; and, though it was a mild night on the sea, there was a continual chorus of the creaking timbers and bulkheads and of abysmal noises beneath the flooring.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • But during that spring semester, a sort of hush fell over my previously busy creative life— not a writer’s block, but a sense that it was time to stop goofing around with a pick and shovel and get behind the controls of one big great God a’ mighty steam shovel, a sense that it was time to try and dig something big out of the sand, even if the effort turned out to be an abysmal failure.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • …and wines, proselytes, and foreigners not proselytes, watchmen and menials from the Temple, thieves, robbers, and the myriad not assignable to any class, but who, on such occasions as this, appeared no one could say whence, hungry and smelling of caves and old tombs—bareheaded wretches with naked arms and legs, hair and beard in uncombed mats, and each with one garment the color of clay; beasts with abysmal mouths, in outcry effective as lions calling each other across desert spaces.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • In my present form I feel even more anxious to see you, to unite you to myself in an indissoluble embrace, (Signed) TOADPIPE For his Abysmal Sublimity Under Secretary Screwtape, T. E., B. S., etc.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Abysmal change widened their souls out in a brooding unconsciousness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The truth of it was that Charles was abysmally timid of girls.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Abysmal—absolutely horrible.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • The general standard of this homework was abysmal.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Meager incomes don’t guarantee abysmal health statistics, but the two usually go together.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • She’s heard from Donald that his writing has moved from abysmal to poor and she figures he must have been working furiously on prose since he arrived.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The affair, in short, had been of the kind that most of the young men of his age had been through, and emerged from with calm consciences and an undisturbed belief in the abysmal distinction between the women one loved and respected and those one enjoyed—and pitied.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
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