- a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface; gorge.
- a breach or wide fissure in a wall or other structure.
- a marked interruption of continuity; gap: a chasm in time.
- a sundering breach in relations, as a divergence of opinions, beliefs, etc., between persons or groups.
Origin of chasm
Related Words for chasmrift, crevasse, fissure, void, schism, crater, gorge, cleavage, ravine, omission, skip, hollow, rent, blank, gulf, cavity, split, breach, oversight, abysm
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Contemporary Examples of chasm
Over the next few years, a chasm would open up between the Party and the KGB, culminating with the failed coup in August 1991.How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin
November 9, 2014
I was writing a cover story for Newsweek about the chasm between white and black understandings of the Martin case.Maya Angelou Knew How To Inspire As A Writer, Teacher, and Great Human Being
May 28, 2014
The result in all three cases is a chasm between image and performance that magnifies the narrative of dashed expectations.Even the Most Powerful Man in the World Is at the Mercy of the IT Guy
March 5, 2014
In the middle, a chasm so wide that I have no idea, 20 years later, how we will ever bridge it.India’s Shameful Day: Dec. 6, 1992
December 9, 2012
The fourth reality is a technological gap in voter mobilization; more accurately the gap is a chasm.The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses
November 26, 2012
Historical Examples of chasm
I ought, of course, to fling myself into the chasm like that Roman fellow; but, hang it!In the Midst of Alarms
Cautiously he drew back, still looking about for some means to cross the chasm.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
The wind hurled them into a chasm, 117 and their bodies were never recovered.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
When he reached the opening he dropped flat with his head over the chasm.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Tanner could not bridge the chasm between himself and his daughter.The Harbor of Doubt
- a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
- a break in continuity; gap
- a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
Word Origin for chasm
1590s, "deep crack in the earth," from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma "yawning hollow, gulf," related to khaskein "to yawn," and thus to chaos. In English in 17c. often spelled chasma. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Chasmal; chasmic.