Definition of chasm in English:

chasm

Syllabification: chasm
Pronunciation: /ˈkazəm
 
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noun

  • 1A deep fissure in the earth, rock, or another surface.
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    • The movie also shows a panoramic view of the mountains, deep chasms and valleys going into oblivion and the sounds of crackling icicles and snowstorms.
    • The photos from these fly-bys have revealed amazing detail in the structures of craters, grooves, and chasms crossing the frigid surfaces of these little worlds.
    • The tunnel floor became a bridge over an incredible chasm that was so deep that no bottom could be seen.
    Synonyms
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, defile, couloir, crevasse, fissure, crevice, gulch, coulee
  • 1.1A profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.: the chasm between rich and poor
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    • This is what, maybe, contributes to the chasm between leaders and followers and the general social decay.
    • The closer war seems to get, the larger the chasm between sides grows.
    • At some point, however, it will become increasingly difficult to bridge the chasm between their faith and their values.
    Synonyms
    breach, gulf, rift; difference, separation, division, dissension, schism, scission

Derivatives

chasmic

Pronunciation: /ˈkazmik/
adjective
( • rare )
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  • Whilst it's wonderful to see bloggers make the chasmic leap across to the print world, it must be remembered that bloggers are primarily armchair commentators rather than well connected investigators.
  • Wells and Forster were of course reflecting on the chasmic class divisions of the society of Edwardian London, then the richest in the world.
  • The material gulf between the have-nots and the exponentially burgeoning middle class has turned chasmic.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting an opening up of the sea or land, as in an earthquake): from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma 'gaping hollow'.

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