abysmal ignorance


abysmal ignorance
awful ignorance, profound ignorance

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • abysmal — abysmal, abyssal The currency of these two words is in inverse proportion to that of the parent words: abysmal, with its figurative meaning ‘very bad’ and a literal meaning relating to gorges, outer space, etc., is common, whereas abyssal is… …   Modern English usage

  • abysmal — (adj.) 1650s, formed in English from ABYSM (Cf. abysm) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Weakened sense of extremely bad is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its depth ), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally …   Etymology dictionary

  • abysmal — adjective Date: circa 1656 1. a. having immense or fathomless extension downward, backward, or inward < an abysmal cliff > b. immeasurably great ; profound < …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abysmal — adj. 1 colloq. extremely bad (abysmal weather; the standard is abysmal). 2 profound, utter (abysmal ignorance). Derivatives: abysmally adv. Etymology: archaic or poet. abysm = ABYSS, f. OF abi(s)me f. med.L abysmus …   Useful english dictionary

  • abysmal — abysmally, adv. /euh biz meuhl/, adj. 1. of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great. 2. extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty. [1650 60; ABYSM + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • abysmal — a•bys•mal [[t]əˈbɪz məl[/t]] adj. 1) of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great: abysmal ignorance[/ex] 2) extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal weather[/ex] • Etymology: 1650–60 a•bys′mal•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • abysmal — /əˈbɪzməl / (say uh bizmuhl) adjective 1. of or like an abyss. 2. immeasurable: abysmal ignorance. 3. immeasurably bad: an abysmal performance. –abysmally, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • ignorance — n. 1) to betray, demonstrate, display, show ignorance 2) abysmal, blatant, crass, profound, total; blissful ignorance 3) ignorance about; of 4) in ignorance of * * * [ ɪgnərəns] blatant blissful ignorance crass demonstrate display. show ignoranc …   Combinatory dictionary

  • abyssal — abysmal, abyssal The currency of these two words is in inverse proportion to that of the parent words: abysmal, with its figurative meaning ‘very bad’ and a literal meaning relating to gorges, outer space, etc., is common, whereas abyssal is… …   Modern English usage

  • deep — 1 Deep, profound, abysmal. Deep and profound denote extended either downward from a surface or, less often, backward or inward from a front or outer part. Deep is the most general term {a deep pond} {a slope cut by deep gullies} As applied to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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