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Definition a gorge so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
  • These were men who had built up wealth and social status over long careers and now found themselves looking into the abyss. [of the 1987 stock market crash]
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • PUTNAM—at the moment he is intent upon getting Parris, for whom he has only contempt, to move toward the abyss: Mr. Parris, I have taken your part in all contention here, and I would continue; but I cannot if you hold back in this.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • abyss = frightening bottomless pit (figurative)
  • The nerve-grinding squeal of the spike cutting through the ground sent a shiver up Thomas's spine, though a second later the Griever tumbled into the abyss.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • abyss = a drop-off so high the bottom cannot be seen (as at the top of a cliff or deep pit)
  • He pointed out at the abyss.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • It lasted only an instant before vanishing into the abyss of his other captured memories.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Then Thomas stared in shock as up ahead the Griever dug in with its spikes and spun forward right up to the Cliff's edge, then off, into the gray abyss.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Thomas quickly scrambled to the edge of the abyss, poking his head over to see the falling Grievers.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • There's only a double abyss: between painter and imprisoned bird; between the record he left of the bird and our experience of it, centuries later.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • An abyss has opened between us—there is no denying it.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • She stared into the dark abyss, took a deep breath, and called out,"Zadaa!"
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • He'd expected a dark abyss below him-black demons waiting to satisfy their lust for death.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • "I'm frightened at the abyss into which I shall have cast her."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I craved her touch, fearful I might sink back into the abyss where it was all dark and from which there was no promise of return.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I labor to remember something: twisted roots, an abyss ... I lose it.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The abyss where anger should have been.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The white world beneath me shines like pearls, a blank canvas, an alabaster abyss.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • My heart sank, fell a million miles into the abyss.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Was I afraid of finding a bottomless abyss of empty selfishness?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Then they thawed out in the sun, and sat with their legs hanging over infinite abysses, chattering, laughing, and smoking.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • I call into the abyss, heedless of being recognized.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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