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cri·sis  (krss)
n. pl. cri·ses (-sz)
a. A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.
b. An unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an impending abrupt or decisive change.
2. A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
3. An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a persons life.
4. A point in a story or drama when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved.

[Middle English, from Latin, judgment, from Greek krisis, from krnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: crisis, crossroad, exigency, head, juncture, pass
These nouns denote a critical point or state of affairs: a military crisis; government policy at the crossroad; had predicted the health-care exigency; a problem that is coming to a head; negotiations that had reached a crucial juncture; things rapidly coming to a desperate pass.

crisis  /krass/  n. -ses /siz/ an emergency: The hurricane caused a crisis because there was no shelter or food for people.

Thesaurus: crisis a disaster, catastrophe. crisis

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