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chasm

[kaz-uh m]
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.
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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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Historical Examples of chasmic

  • Between Vivi and Isangila, we traveled in a narrow valley parallel with the chasmic trough of the Congo.

    The World and Its People: Book VII

    Anna B. Badlam


British Dictionary definitions for chasmic

chasm

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 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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