midlife crisis


a period of psychological stress occurring in middle age, thought to be triggered by a physical, occupational, or domestic event, as menopause, diminution of physical prowess, job loss, or departure of children from the home.

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  9. midlothian,
  10. midmorning

Origin of midlife crisis

First recorded in 1970–75

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British Dictionary definitions for midlife crisis

midlife crisis

/ (ˈmɪdˌlaɪf) /


a crisis that may be experienced in middle age involving frustration, panic, and feelings of pointlessness, sometimes resulting in radical and often ill-advised changes of lifestyle
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Medicine definitions for midlife crisis

midlife crisis


A period of psychological doubt and anxiety that some people experience in middle age.

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