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crisis (juncture)

Definition:

a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

Class:

event noun (natural events)

Related to:

critical

Plural:

crises

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

emergency

Usage example:

after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better

Etymology:

Latinized form of Greek krisis "turning point in a disease" (used as such by...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of crisis...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Crisis

any event that is, or expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society. Crises are deemed to be negative changes in the security, economic, political, societal, or environmental... (37 of 1548 words)

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Crisis (disambiguation)

a traumatic or stressful change for a person, or an unstable and dangerous situation for a society. Crisis may also refer to: Crisis (Fleetway), a British comic | Crisis (DC Comics) | Crisis on Infinite Earths, a crossover event spanning the DC comics ... (41 of 424 words, 34 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural] | crise

a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, especially in a sequence of events or a disease | an unstable period, especially one of ... (26 of 525 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crisis

Merriam-Webster:

crisis | crises [plural] | boiling point [synonym, sense-specific] | breaking point [synonym, sense-specific] | clutch [synonym, sense-specific] | conjuncture [synonym, sense-specific] | emergency [synonym, sense-specific] | crossroad [synonym, sense-specific] | crunch [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever ; a ... | the decisive moment (as in a literary plot) | an unstable or crucial time ... (29 of 249 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crisis

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crisis [countable/uncountable] | crises [plural]

an urgent, difficult, or dangerous situation ; a dangerous situation in someone's personal or professional life when something could fail | [medical] ... (21 of 130 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crisis

Random House Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural] | crise [French] | crises [French, plural]

--"adj". | 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. ... (26 of 128 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/crisis

Oxford Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

a time of intense difficulty or danger | a time when a difficult or important decision must be made | the turning point of a disease when an important ... (27 of 123 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/crisis

Cambridge Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural] | crisis of confidence

a situation that has reached an extremely difficult or dangerous point; a time of great disagreement, uncertainty or suffering | a moment during a ... (23 of 109 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crisis

American Heritage Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point. | An unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an ... (22 of 98 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crisis

New World Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural]

the turning point of a disease for better or worse, especially a sudden recovery ; an intensely painful attack of a disease; paroxysm | a turning ... (25 of 91 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crisis

Wiktionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point. | An unstable situation, in political, social, economic or military affairs, especially one involving an impending abrupt change. | A sudden change in the course of a disease, usually at which... (39 of 75 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/crisis

Encarta Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

a situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or ... | a time when something very important for the future happens or is ... (25 of 96 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601398​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

crisis

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Latinized form of Greek krisis "turning point in a disease" (used as such by Hippocrates and Galen), literally "judgment, result of a trial, ... (26 of 102 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=crisis

Oxford Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

Origin: late Middle English (denoting the turning point of a disease): medical Latin, from Greek krisis "decision", from krinein "decide". The ... (20 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/crisis

New World Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural]

Origin: Latin from Greek krisis from krinein, to separate, discern from Indo-European *skrei-, to sift, separate from base *sker-, ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek κρίσις (krisis, "a separating, power of distinguishing, decision, choice, election, judgment, dispute"), from κρίνω (krinō, "pick out, choose, decide, judge")

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American Heritage Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin, judgment, from Greek krisis, from krīnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crisis

Merriam-Webster:

crisis | crises [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek krisis, literally, decision, from krinein to decide

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crisis

Collins Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin: decision, from Greek krisis, from krinein to decide

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crisis

Encarta Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin from Greek krisis "decisive moment" from krinein "decide"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601398​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crisis"

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Collins Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crisis"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

crisis [countable/uncountable] | crises [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "crisis"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

crisis [countable/uncountable] | crises [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crisis"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

crisis | crises [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "crisis"

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the Free Dictionary:

crisis

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Google Dictionary:

crisis | crisises [plural] | crises [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

crisis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crisis"

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YourDictionary Audio:

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