1A deep fissure in the earth’s surface: a chasm a mile long figurative he was engulfed in a chasm of despair
More 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.
gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent;
pit, void, crater, cavity, hole, opening, gap, fissure, crevice, hollow
British dialect chine, bunny
Northern English clough, gill, thrutch;
Scottish cleuch, heugh;
North American gulch, coulee, flume;
American Spanish arroyo, barranca, quebrada;
Indian nullah, khud;
South African sloot, kloof, donga
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.
breach, gulf, rift;
division, schism, split, severance, rupture, break, break-up, parting of the ways;
separation, disunion, estrangement, alienation, difference, dissension, discord, argument, quarrel
chasmic 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.
Late 16th century (denoting an opening up of the sea or land, as in an earthquake): from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma 'gaping hollow'.
Words that rhyme with chasmspasm
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: chasm
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.