Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  2. (noun, object) a narrow fissure in rock
  3. (noun, object) a gap between cloud masses

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Alternate forms of Rift

Hyponyms: schism

Hypernyms: breakup, cleft, crack, crevice, detachment, fissure, gap, opening, scissure, separation

Origin of the word Rift

  1. c.1300, from a Scand. source (cf. Dan., Norw. rift "a cleft," O.Icel. ript (pronounced "rift") "breach;" related to O.N. ripa "to break a contract" (see riven). more

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