• Greek: abyssos, bottomless


Primarily an adjective signifying very deep (Wisdom 10); as a substantive it means a great cavity, primeval waters, or primal chaos, and as used in the New Testament the abode of the dead, or limbo, and the abode of evil spirits, or hell.

MLA Citation

  • “abyss”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 February 2010. Web. 28 November 2021. <http://catholicsaints.info/abyss/>