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Definition of chasm

1 : a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (such as the earth) : gorge built a bridge over the chasm
2 : a marked division, separation, or difference the chasm between the rich and the poor

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a chasm in the ocean floor
Recent Examples on the Web McCarthy, in effect, tried to straddle the party’s internal chasm. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: As Trump splits the GOP, leaders hesitate to choose sides," 15 Jan. 2021 On Wednesday, Krebs joined WIRED for an interview that touched on disinformation, SolarWinds, ransomware—and what can be done to close the chasm opened by Trump's conspiracy brain. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’," 15 Jan. 2021 Yet the fundamental chasm in understanding of current realities, of the fears and concerns, and of the path forward between Trump Republicans and Democrats could hardly be larger. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID vaccinations, riots past and present, unity and polarization, Kamala Harris," 14 Jan. 2021 Each day, the chasm separating Americans is deepened by a flood of uncivil tweets, seditious Facebook posts and partisan cable news networks that sow division for profit, immediate attention or the simple hatred of those seen as different. Phillip Halpern, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: 2020 is the year our democracy died," 30 Dec. 2020 Few predicted the gaping chasm that has opened up between the aspirations of Hong Kongers and the authoritarian turn of the party. Barbara Demick, The New York Review of Books, "China’s Clampdown on Hong Kong," 3 Nov. 2020 That created a chasm between not only wine sellers but also wine producers. Esther Mobley,, "Pandemic drinking did not save the wine industry's slowing sales, new data shows," 5 Jan. 2021 Weaks, who is exiting as Southwest’s pilots union president at the end of 2020, said the wage cut request created a chasm between union members and management. Dallas News, "9 moments that defined the COVID-19 pandemic for American and Southwest airlines," 29 Dec. 2020 That’s a massive spread, and one that may align with the yawning chasm cutting across our national electorate. Lisa R. Pruitt, The Conversation, "The chattering classes got the ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ book wrong – and they’re getting the movie wrong, too," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of chasm

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chasm

Latin chasma, from Greek; akin to Latin hiare to yawn — more at yawn

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The first known use of chasm was in 1596

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23 Jan 2021

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“Chasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chasm

: a deep hole or opening in the surface of the earth
: a major division, separation, or difference between two people, groups, etc.


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Kids Definition of chasm

: a deep split or gap in the earth

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