\ ˈka-zəm \

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


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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Ironically, historians believe these pollutants sparked the European economy's revival, pulling it out of the deep, depressing chasm around 100 years later. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever," 20 Nov. 2018 So letting people do that, and sort of cross that chasm without charging anything, is useful. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Social media makes us angry and unfocused. Is email the answer?," 6 Sep. 2018 The chasm between those teams and the best of the rest, is monumental. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The United States' World Cup failure is looking worse every day," 19 June 2018 There’s a huge chasm between ripping the president for yielding to Putin over his own intel chiefs and condemning him as some kind of Benedict Arnold. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Slamming the script: Why the press is dismissing the president's do-over," 19 July 2018 South Korea is a deeply divided place politically, with a chasm between conservatives who hate the North and liberals who want to reach out. Fox News, "Analysis: Summit could be domestic win for S. Korean leader," 19 Sep. 2018 Both felt there was a great chasm in the shopping world, no go-to destination for cool jewelry, but a high demand for the outfit-making pieces. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "BaubleBar Makes Shopping for Jewelry Guilt Free," 20 Dec. 2010 That chasm continues today with a lack of access to appropriate and affordable care. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health 'Taboo' In Black Community," 24 Sep. 2018 The silent desolation of the building seemingly ballooned the milliseconds between each tick, filling a temporal chasm which seemed longer than a second. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 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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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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