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Abyss meaning

abyss - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable ( or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below ( often used figuratively)
  2. 2. Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.
  3. 3. The center of an escutcheon.
  4. 4. A bottomless depth.

abyss - examples of usage

  1. They looked together into the abyss and, as the elder of the two, she recovered herself first and asked: " But where is Ralph? - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Sismondi, of all men the most loyal to the idea he had formed of his friends, seems never to have permitted himself to see the real woman, the real abyss of indifference, beneath his ideal Mme. - "The Countess of Albany", Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee).
  3. Between the two there was an abyss: Charlotte had been sent for by a man weary of solitude, smarting under the frightful punishment brought upon his pride by the flight of his wife; ready to do anything in order not to be alone and despised by the world; a man broken by illness and age, weak, hysterical, incapable almost of his former excesses; and Charlotte was a woman of thirty, she was a daughter, she was free to go where she would to marry, and her father could buy her presence only at the price of submission to her tastes and to her desires. - "The Countess of Albany", Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee).
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