- n a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
- The enemies of the Axis had one little glimmer of consolation in last week's abysm.
- Some time, some place in the dark backward and abysm of time, the first "living" thing was created, and evolution began.
- As if to answer Prospero's question, "What seest thou else in the dark backward and abysm of time?" Ciulei has surrounded the stage with a moat of blood.
- HL Mencken in World Magazine
HL Mencken said Harding's rhetoric was "so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder...