chasm

noun
\ ˈka-zəm How to pronounce chasm (audio) \

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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Synonyms for chasm

Synonyms

abysm, abyss, deep, gulf, ocean

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Examples of chasm in a Sentence

a chasm in the ocean floor

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At a time when the gap between the richest clubs and the rest has been allowed — encouraged, in fact — to become a chasm, international soccer has, refreshingly, blessedly, traveled in the opposite direction. Rory Smith, New York Times, "This Is When the World Cup Surprises End. Usually.," 29 June 2018 This doesn’t bode well for repairing the chasm in your relationship. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: My boyfriend cheated on me," 21 Aug. 2017 Tesla’s job cuts will help narrow the gap, but a chasm remains. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla Should Pull an Apple: Leave ‘Production Hell’ to Other People," 25 Jan. 2019 An addict’s regrets are seldom as strong as his cravings, and the film is a compassionate, apolitical glimpse into the chasm between the two. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 And the chasm between them has defined the dominant schools of American poetry ever since. David Kirby, New York Times, "Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89," 24 June 2018 The questions sharpened the focus on the chasm between current U.S. regulations of global internet companies and the far-reaching capabilities the platforms boast in shaping American news diets and overall discourse. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Justice Department to Examine Whether Social-Media Giants Are ‘Intentionally Stifling’ Some Viewpoints," 5 Sep. 2018 Artists who lived across the chasm of World War II often rebelled against traditional forms, taking up the standards of savage irony and deconstruction. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Memorial Tablet in Viale Cavour," 21 Dec. 2018 Their relationship in the 20th century was strained at best, the truth about Brianna’s real father stretching the chasm between daughter and workaholic mother nearly beyond repair. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018

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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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chasm

noun

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.

chasm

noun
\ ˈka-zəm How to pronounce chasm (audio) \

Kids Definition of chasm

: a deep split or gap in the earth

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