chasm

[ kaz-uh m ]
/ ˈkæz əm /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. chasid,
  2. chasidic,
  3. chasidim,
  4. chasing,
  5. chasles,
  6. chasmogamous,
  7. chasmogamy,
  8. chasse,
  9. chasse gardée,
  10. chassepot

Origin of chasm

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

Related formschas·mal, chas·mic, adjectivechasmed, adjectivechasm·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for chasmic

chasm

/ (ˈkæzəm) /

noun

a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
a break in continuity; gap
a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
Derived Formschasmal (ˈkæzməl) or chasmic, adjective

Word Origin for chasm

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

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Word Origin and History for chasmic

chasm

n.

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.

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