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avgrunn

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compound word, av (off) + grunn (ground), loan-translation from Middle Low German (compare German Abgrund).

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avgrunn m (definite singular avgrunnen, indefinite plural avgrunner, definite plural avgrunnene)

  1. abyss, chasm (a bottomless or unfathomed depth), also used in a figurative sense (hell, place of suffering)
    Fjellklatreren gled og falt ned i avgrunnen.
    The mountaineer slipped and fell into the chasm.
    De fordømte skal fortapes i avgrunnens pine.
    The damned shall perish in the suffering of the abyss.
    Det er lett nok å se ned i avgrunnen, når du står trygt. (Marit Tusvik)
    When standing safely, it's easy enough to look down into the abyss.
    Det var en avgrunn mellom deres synspunkter.
    There was a huge gap between their points of view.

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compound word, av (off) + grunn (ground), loan-translation from Middle Low German (compare German Abgrund).

NounEdit

avgrunn m (definite singular avgrunnen, indefinite plural avgrunnar, definite plural avgrunnane)

  1. abyss, chasm (a bottomless or unfathomed depth), also used in a figurative sense (hell, place of suffering)
    Fjellklatraren glei og fall ned i avgrunnen.
    The mountaineer slipped and fell into the chasm.
    Dei fordømte skal fortapast i avgrunnens pine.
    The damned shall perish in the suffering of the abyss.
    Avgrunnen er til å stige opp or, og ikkje til å forkomast i. (Tarjei Vesaas)
    To emerge from it and not to perish in it is why the abyss exists. (literally: "the abyss exists to emerge from, and not to perish in")
    Det var en avgrunn mellom synspunkta deira.
    There was a huge gap between their points of view.

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