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[kaz-uh m] /ˈkæz əm/
a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface; gorge.
a breach or wide fissure in a wall or other structure.
a marked interruption of continuity; gap:
a chasm in time.
a sundering breach in relations, as a divergence of opinions, beliefs, etc., between persons or groups.
Origin of chasm
1590-1600; apocopated variant of chasma < Latin < Greek, equivalent to cha- (root of chaínein to gape; see yawn) + -(a)sma resultative suffix
Related forms
chasmal, chasmic, adjective
chasmed, adjective
chasmy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Don't create a water flow that erodes the land and creates deep chasms that drain the water table.
  • It is absolutely mind-boggling to see the chasms theorists are willing to leap in order to not admit the obvious.
  • It would have been more difficult to place than the others as such chasms are rare.
  • Here are tremendous cracks, chasms and crevices of every form and in all directions.
  • Despite deep chasms between them, some blacks and whites eventually were forced to cooperate because of mutual need.
British Dictionary definitions for chasms


a deep cleft in the ground; abyss
a break in continuity; gap
a wide difference in interests, feelings, etc
Derived Forms
chasmal (ˈkæzməl), chasmic, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma; related to Greek khainein to gape
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Word Origin and History for chasms



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.

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