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From Middle English abissus < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] abyssus (“‘a bottomless gulf’”) < Ancient Greek ἄβυσσος (abyssos), “‘bottomless’”) ἀ- (a-), “‘not’”)+ βυσσός (bysso), “‘depth’”).
- A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit.
- Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.
- (heraldry) The center of an escutcheon.
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This word, in its leading uses, is associated with the cosmological notions of the Hebrews, having reference to a supposed illimitable mass of waters from which our earth sprung, and beneath whose profound depths the wicked were punished.
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