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1. a very deep or unfathomable gorge or chasm
2. hell or the infernal regions conceived of as a bottomless pit

What does it mean when you dream about an abyss?

An abyss is a natural symbol of emptiness and meaninglessness. It can also represent the need to detach oneself from an overwhelming condition or relationship.

References in classic literature ?
There appears to me to be insuperable objections to this view: on the other hand, I can hardly believe, in this and in some other cases, that these marginal crateriform mountains are merely the basal remnants of immense volcanos, of which the summits either have been blown off, or swallowed up in subterranean abysses.
As Tarzan swung rapidly through the trees, little Tibo closed his eyes in terror rather than look longer down into the frightful abysses beneath.
A hazardous and perilous journey, over abysses where a slip would be destruction.
If exceptions were to be taken as rules, in the government of things, the human race would speedily be plunged in the abysses of ignorance.
The artist suggests the relationship between these two abysses creates a snowball effect, one in which our actions will lead to our own extinction and that of nature as a whole.
knows how many invisible abysses Break in waves from my personal
Studying animals that live in ocean abysses has been difficult, but Bright designed traps for the young tubeworms.