- a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point: The crux of the trial was his whereabouts at the time of the murder.
- a cross.
- something that torments by its puzzling nature; a perplexing difficulty.
Origin of crux
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Origin of Crux
Examples from the Web for crux
The crux of the problem remains on this side of the Pacific.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment
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The crux of the matter is not the date of the next elections, but ensuring that elections are free, fair, and clean.Thailand: Into the Void
March 21, 2014
That, he says, is at the crux of why Pope Francis wants to train more exorcists.Vatican and Pope Francis Seek New Demon Exorcists
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January 8, 2014
And yet, despite the banter, the crux of the issue is the feasibility of it all.IVF for Just $300 Could Be a Reality Soon
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The crux is new representation: of body, of proportion, of aesthetic ideals.Monsters of Fashion Exhibition Opens in Paris
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"That 'somehow' is the crux, my dear Livia," said Mrs. Sinclair.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
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Absolute and perfect union is possible only at the center, the crux, of Being.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
Here, in truth, lies the crux of the greatest problem of all.Socialism
At Skulltree was the crux of the situation, as Flagg had insisted, ragefully.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
This is the crux of the hypnotic dilemma and the answer is far from solved.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
- a vital or decisive stage, point, etc (often in the phrase the crux of the matter)
- a baffling problem or difficulty
- mountaineering the most difficult and often decisive part of a climb or pitch
- a rare word for cross
- the more formal name for the Southern Cross
Word Origin and History for crux
1814, "cross," from Latin crux "cross" (see cross (n.)). Figurative use for "a central difficulty," is older, from 1718; perhaps from Latin crux interpretum "a point in a text that is impossible to interpret," in which the literal sense is something like "crossroads of interpreters." Extended sense of "central point" is from 1888.
- A cross or a crosslike structure.