Definition of chasm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæzəm//
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  1. 1[countable] (literary) a deep crack or opening in the ground
  2. 2[singular] chasm (between A and B) (formal) a very big difference between two people or groups, for example because they have different attitudes synonym gulf the yawning chasm of the generation gap
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting an opening up of the sea or land, as in an earthquake): from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma ‘gaping hollow’.Extra examples A chasm separates my generation from my parents’. Suddenly a huge chasm opened in the earth. a huge chasm of hate and prejudice an attempt to bridge the chasm between the two cultures The ground dropped away into an awesome chasm. the chasm between rich and poor
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chasm