IELTS Vocabulary: Abysmal

Abysmal
/abiz-mal/
(adj.)
extremely bad; wretched.
Limitless.

Examples
He left the room in his abysmal stupidity. (extremely bad)
Living conditions in remote areas are abysmal. (extremely bad)
Despite his abysmal failures, he was held in high esteem in the court. (limitless)

Synonyms
deplorable, pathetic, unfathomable
Antonyms
commendable, laudable 

Examples in speaking 

  • The heat was abysmal and unbearable.
  • All his efforts for reunion with his wife were an abysmal failure.

Examples in writing

  • It is abysmal that a writer should write only about popular subjects.
  • The politician has fallen into abysmal depths of corruption.

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