noun (plural crises /-siːz/)
- 1A time of intense difficulty or danger: the current economic crisis [mass noun]: the monarchy was in crisisMore example sentences
catastrophe, calamity, cataclysm, emergency, disaster; predicament, plight, mess, dilemma, quandary, setback, reverse, reversal, upheaval, drama; trouble, dire straits, hard times, hardship, adversity, extremity, distress, difficulty• informal fix, pickle, jam, stew, scrape, bind, hole, sticky situation, hot water, hell, hell on earth, hassle, stressBritish • informal spot of bother
- 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.
- 1.1A time when a difficult or important decision must be made: [as modifier]: the situation has reached crisis pointMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2The turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.More example sentences
- 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.
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.