- a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
- a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
- a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person's life.
- the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.
- the change itself.
- the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.
- of, referring to, or for use in dealing with a crisis.
Origin of crisis
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Examples from the Web for crisis
What is known is that Peña Nieto bungled his response to the crisis.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Consent is manufactured—like, remember the Ebola crisis from a few weeks ago?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
And he said, I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens.The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio
December 21, 2014
But with the crisis, the education systems have just been further weakened.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
“We are far, far away from ending this crisis,” said Banbury.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
He felt that a crisis had come, and he was determined to be obeyed.Brave and Bold
The Opium trade, perhaps beneficially, brought matters to a crisis.
It is the crisis which makes the pressure, and not the laws which provide a remedy for it.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.
The young man tried to be patient over her density in this time of crisis.Within the Law
- a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, esp in a sequence of events or a disease
- an unstable period, esp one of extreme trouble or danger in politics, economics, etc
- pathol a sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease
Word Origin and History for crisis
early 15c., from Latinized form of Greek krisis "turning point in a disease" (used as such by Hippocrates and Galen), literally "judgment, result of a trial, selection," from krinein "to separate, decide, judge," from PIE root *krei- "to sieve, discriminate, distinguish" (cf. Greek krinesthai "to explain;" Old English hriddel "sieve;" Latin cribrum "sieve," crimen "judgment, crime," cernere (past participle cretus) "to sift, separate;" Old Irish criathar, Old Welsh cruitr "sieve;" Middle Irish crich "border, boundary"). Transferred non-medical sense is 1620s in English. A German term for "mid-life crisis" is Torschlusspanik, literally "shut-door-panic," fear of being on the wrong side of a closing gate.
- A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
- An emotionally stressful event or a traumatic change in one's life.