rift - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a disagreement between two people or groups
    rift between:

    After the war a serious rift developed between the two former allies.

    rift with:

    The government denied there had been a rift with the UN.

    heal the rift (=end a disagreement):

    Diplomatic efforts to heal the rift have so far been unsuccessful.

  2. 2
    a crack or long narrow space that forms in a large mass of something such as rock or clouds