IELTS Vocabulary: Abysmal

extremely bad; wretched.

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)

deplorable, pathetic, unfathomable
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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