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abysmal (adj) of endless depth; bottomless (usually used figuratively to refer to a great amount of a bad thing).
Abysmal ignorance is extreme ignorance; abysmal poverty is extreme poverty. She has no friend because of her abysmal manners; that is, because of her very bad manners, no body likes her.
- It is likely to take decades for some of the countries steeped in abysmal poverty to assure every one of their people even the basic needs of life.
- Even in this century of technical advancement, we find a good number of primitive tribes living in abysmal ignorance.