|Origin:||abyssus, from Greek, from abyssos 'bottomless', from a- 'without' + byssos 'depth'|
a very dangerous or frightening situation
The country might plunge into the abyss of economic ruin.
At that time Bosnia was standing on the edge of an abyss.
a deep empty hole in the ground
a very big difference that separates two people or groups:
the gaping abyss between these grand buildings and my own miserable home