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abyss
used in All Quiet on the Western Front

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Definition
a hole or dropoff so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
  • I am frightened: I dare think this way no more. This way lies the abyss. It is not now the time but I will not lose these thoughts, I will keep them, shut them away until the war is ended.
    Chapter 8 (64% in)
abyss = frightening bottomless pit (figurative)
  • I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.
    Chapter 10 (86% in)
  • abyss = bottomless pit (figurative)
  • ...life is simply one continual watch against the menace of death;—it has transformed us into unthinking animals in order to give us the weapon of instinct—it has reinforced us with dullness, so that we do not go to pieces before the horror, which would overwhelm us if we had clear, conscious thought—it has awakened in us the sense of comradeship, so that we escape the abyss of solitude—it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment, and store it up as a reserve against the onslaught of nothingness.
    Chapter 11 (14% in)
abyss = bottomless pit (figurative)
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