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abyss (noun) a vast wide, deep space; a wide bottomless pit; a chasm.
In fairy tales, we read about people having the magical power to create abysses to check the approach of the enemy or to make them fall into it. An earthquake may some times cause an abyss, that is, a very deep pit into which massive buildings may collapse. If the land cracks and develops a deep and wide gap, the gap is an abyss. Abyss is also used figuratively to mean an excess of something. A person may sink into an abyss of despair, if all his attempts end in failure.
- With the last member of her family dead, she fell into an abyss of loneliness and craved for company.
- The teacher often complains that not even the best of teachers can lift some of her pupils from the abyss of ignorance they are in.