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chasm

[ kaz-uhm ]

noun

  1. a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface; gorge.
  2. a breach or wide fissure in a wall or other structure.
  3. a marked interruption of continuity; gap:

    a chasm in time.

  4. a sundering breach in relations, as a divergence of opinions, beliefs, etc., between persons or groups.


chasm

/ ˈkæzəm; ˈkæzməl /

noun

  1. a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
  2. a break in continuity; gap
  3. a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc


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Derived Forms

  • chasmal, adjective
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Other Words From

  • chasmal chasmic adjective
  • chasmed adjective
  • chasmy adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of chasm1

1590–1600; apocopated variant of chasma < Latin < Greek, equivalent to cha- (root of chaínein to gape; yawn ) + -( a ) sma resultative suffix
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Word History and Origins

Origin of chasm1

C17: from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma; related to Greek khainein to gape
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Example Sentences

The Wizards lost, 119-97, to the Hornets after falling into yet another first-half hole — they have felt more like chasms lately — this one a 21-point deficit.

The chasm in the party between its base and its elected leaders in Washington can be traced back to the cracks that emerged about a decade ago.

Some of them appear to have erupted from volcanic pits or chasms within the last few million years, perhaps even within the last few tens of thousands of years.

Allen and Cummings crossed lines that in America today increasingly resemble a chasm.

A chasm had opened between me and my skin, as though I were fumbling around in a too-big pair of gloves.

Over the next few years, a chasm would open up between the Party and the KGB, culminating with the failed coup in August 1991.

I was writing a cover story for ‬Newsweek‪ about the chasm between white and black understandings of the Martin case.

The result in all three cases is a chasm between image and performance that magnifies the narrative of dashed expectations.

Inching towards the opposing positions will never bridge the yawning chasm between them.

The vast chasm between these two groups and regular Republicans is something that Republican lawmakers can't easily bridge.

At a distance of four miles from the colony, a waterfall foams down a chasm which it has worn away for itself.

The procession, preceded by Bob on his feathered steed, passed through a chasm overgrown with brambles.

In most cases the roofs over these sea caves fall in, so that the structure is known as a chasm.

Two miles to the east the San Juan burst out of a defile of sandstone, and a mile to the west it disappeared in a similar chasm.

He was in a chasm, twenty-five hundred feet below the average surface of the earth, the floor of which was a swift river.

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