Abyssinia may refer to:

  • Ethiopia, the modern nation
  • Ethiopian Empire, a historical nation
  • SS Abyssinia, 1870 Canadian Pacific steamship
  • HMS Abyssinia (1870), British armoured ship
  • Abyssinia (musical)
  • Abyssinia (battle honour)
  • A song by the Patti Smith Group on Radio Ethiopia

Famous quotes containing the word abyssinia:

    I have very lately read the Prince of Abyssinia [Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas]MI am almost equally charmed and shocked at it—the style, the sentiments are inimitable—but the subject is dreadful—and, handled as it is by Dr. Johnson, might make any young, perhaps old, person tremble—O heavens! how dreadful, how terrible it is to be told by a man of his genius and knowledge, in so affectingly probable a manner, that true, real happiness is ever unattainable in this world!
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)