See also: abime, abimé, and abîmé

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EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Old French abisme, inherited from Late Latin *abyssimus, a superlative of Latin abyssus (bottomless pit), from Ancient Greek ἄβυσσος (ábussos). Compare Spanish and Portuguese abismo. Doublet of abysse.

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  • IPA(key): /a.bim/
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NounEdit

abîme m (plural abîmes) (traditional spelling)

  1. abyss, chasm
  2. bottom of a chasm or valley
  3. (literary) infiniteness of thought
  4. (literary) superlative used with various abstraction and qualities; the climax or acme
  5. (literary) hell
  6. (heraldry) abyss of a shield, fess point

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