Crux[kruks; also kro̵oks]
- The definition of crux is the central point of something, or is something that seems impossible to solve.
- An example of a crux is the most important beliefs of a religion.
- An example of a crux is a Rubik's cube.
nounpl. crux·es or cru·ces
- The basic, central, or critical point or feature: the crux of the matter; the crux of an argument.
- A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
Origin of cruxProbably short for Medieval Latin crux (interpretum), torment (of interpreters), from Latin crux, cross.
See Southern Cross.
Origin of CruxModern Latin, from Latin crux, cross.
(plural cruxes or cruces)
- The basic, central, or essential point or feature.
- The crux of her argument was that the roadways needed repair before anything else could be accomplished.
- The critical or transitional moment or issue, a turning point.
- A puzzle or difficulty.
- The perpetual crux of New Testament chronologists. — Strauss.
- The hardest point of a climb.
- (heraldry) A cross on a coat of arms.
Latin crux (“a cross”)
Variant of crux