abyss etymology

English word abyss comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) ἀ-, Ancient Greek (to 1453) βυσσός, Ancient Greek (to 1453) ἄβῠσσος

Detailed word origin of abyss

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ἀ- Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
βυσσός Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
ἄβῠσσος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
ἄβυσσος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
abyssus Late Latin (LL)
abissus Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
abyss English (eng) (frequently, figurative) A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable; any void space. [First attested in the late 16th century.]. (heraldry) The center of an escutcheon.. An impending catastrophic happening.. Anything infinite, immeasurable, or profound. [First attested in the late 16th century.]. Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos; a confined [...]

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