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chasm

Syllabification: chasm
Pronunciation: /ˈkazəm
 
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Definition of chasm in English:

noun

1A deep fissure in the earth, rock, or another surface.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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

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'.

Derivatives

chasmic

1
Pronunciation: /ˈkazmik/
adjective
( rare )
Example sentences
  • 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.

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