noun, plural cri·ses [krahy-seez] /ˈkraɪ siz/.
- 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.
Origin of crisis
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|DAILY BEAST
Consent is manufactured—like, remember the Ebola crisis from a few weeks ago?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Tomasky|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But with the crisis, the education systems have just been further weakened.
“We are far, far away from ending this crisis,” said Banbury.
He was of opinion that, upon their conduct at this crisis depended the future destinies of the Netherlands.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84|John Lothrop Motley
During the siege, the prophet was more than once anxiously consulted by the king as to the issue of the crisis.
This early moment of his life proved to be its crisis, and the first step he took decided his after-progress.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
Thus also with the shaping of character, and thus was Mr. Marrapit, collected in minor affairs, mighty in this crisis.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
Though we did not know it at the time it brought us to the very climax and crisis of that period of our lives.Hempfield|David Grayson
British Dictionary definitions for crisis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for crisis
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.