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English noun: rift

1. rift (object) a gap between cloud masses

SamplesThe sun shone through a rift in the clouds.

Broader (hypernym)gap, opening

2. rift (object) a narrow fissure in rock

Broader (hypernym)cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure

3. rift (event) a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

SamplesThey hoped to avoid a break in relations.

Synonymsbreach, break, falling out, rupture, severance

Broader (hypernym)breakup, detachment, separation

Narrower (hyponym)schism

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