Definition of crisis in English:

crisis

Syllabification: cri·sis
Pronunciation: /ˈkrīsis
 
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noun (plural crises /-ˌsēz/)

  • 1A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger: the current economic crisis a family in crisis a crisis of semiliteracy among high school graduates
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    • I also have a good job and salary, which is enough to feed an entire family during the economic crisis.
    • But there is a very realistic danger that a cash crisis could trip them up on the way to the altar.
    • Generally the more extreme the economic crisis, the larger the war tends to be.
    Synonyms
    emergency, disaster, catastrophe, calamity; predicament, plight, mess, trouble, dire straits, difficulty, extremity
  • 1.1A time when a difficult or important decision must be made: [as modifier]: a crisis point of history
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    • The decision expresses differences and conflicts that have reached a crisis point.
    • Dr Williams' decision to call the crisis meeting places his authority on the line as never before.
    • By 1595, a crisis point had been reached and the so-called Nine Years War was under way.
    Synonyms
    critical point, turning point, crossroads, watershed, head, moment of truth, zero hour, point of no return, Rubicon, doomsday
    informal crunch
    Medicine climacteric
  • 1.2The turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.
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    • Another challenge is dealing with exacerbation or crises in the disease when the antibody titer reaches very high levels.
    • Dr. Tilden said that diseases were crises of toxemia.
    • The literature indicates that hypertensive and hyperthermic crises may occur when high doses are given.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting the turning point of a disease): medical Latin, from Greek krisis 'decision', from krinein 'decide'. The general sense 'decisive point' dates from the early 17th century.

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