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Definition very bad
  • The refugee camp has abysmal living conditions.
abysmal = very bad
  • She sounds confident, but she has an abysmal record at predicting what will happen.
  • abysmal = very bad
  • Their customer satisfaction rating is abysmal.
  • abysmal = very bad
  • 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
  • abysmal = terrible
  • He no longer dares to tease her by assuming an abysmal inferiority of Freddy's mind to his own.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I recall him insisting upon the construction of that abysmal front terrace.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • But has it not long beenstraying in the night without end of the abysmal depths?
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • [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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • Abysmal change widened their souls out in a brooding unconsciousness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • 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

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