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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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 When other girls on my floor gently inquired about my mother's whereabouts, my veiled response and their horrified reactions highlighted the chasm between our realities. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 As my research has demonstrated, elections have gained symbolic importance as political legitimacy declines and the partisan chasm expands. Julia Azari, Vox, "The forgotten majority: how norms inform the practice of democracy," 21 Sep. 2018 So why is the chasm between would-be and actual performance so gaping? Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 And just two years later, the chasm between the pro and college game looks markedly smaller. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "When Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes Played in College, the NFL Saw Its Future," 1 Nov. 2018 Today, the chasm between that claim of being worth more than $10 billion and a Bloomberg estimate of $2.8 billion reflects the depth of uncertainty that remains about one of the most chronicled public figures in U.S. history. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 If the lawsuit succeeds, the chasm between sick and healthy would return. Sarah Gantz, chicagotribune.com, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 3 July 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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