The chasm between the super-rich and everyone else has so widened that our elites seem to inhabit a different country.
Most of us, blessedly, are separated from that kind of pain by not just a gap, but a chasm.
The result in all three cases is a chasm between image and performance that magnifies the narrative of dashed expectations.
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.