Crisis Definition

krīsĭs
crises
noun
The turning point of a disease for better or worse, esp. a sudden recovery.
Webster's New World
An intensely painful attack of a disease; paroxysm.
Webster's New World
A turning point in the course of anything; decisive or crucial time, stage, or event.
Webster's New World
An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person's life.
American Heritage Medicine
A time of, or a state of affairs involving, great danger or trouble, often one which threatens to result in unpleasant consequences.
An economic crisis.
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Other Word Forms of Crisis

Noun

Singular:
crisis
Plural:
crises

Origin of Crisis

  • From Ancient Greek κρίσις (krisis, “a separating, power of distinguishing, decision, choice, election, judgment, dispute”), from κρίνω (krinō, “pick out, choose, decide, judge”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin judgment from Greek krisis from krīnein to separate, judge krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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