identity crisis

  1. a period or episode of psychological distress, often occurring in adolescence but sometimes in adulthood, when a person seeks a clearer sense of self and an acceptable role in society.

  2. confusion as to goals and priorities: The company is undergoing an identity crisis.

Origin of identity crisis

First recorded in 1950–55

Words Nearby identity crisis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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