Crisis meaning

krīsĭs
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A sudden change in the course of a disease, usually at which the patient is expected to recover or die.
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An unstable situation, in political, social, economic or military affairs, especially one involving an impending abrupt change.
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A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.
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(psychology) A traumatic or stressful change in a person's life.
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A crucial or decisive point or situation, especially a difficult or unstable situation involving an impending change.
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A turning point in the course of anything; decisive or crucial time, stage, or event.
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A point in a story or drama when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved.
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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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(drama) A point in a drama at which a conflict reaches a peak before being resolved.
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The definition of a crisis is a turning point or a difficult or dark time when disasters are happening or when tough decisions must be made.

An example of a crisis is when the actions to combat a disease start to lessen the impact of the disease.

An example of a crisis is when your house is flooding due to the rains from a hurricane.

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A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
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An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person's life.
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A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
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An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person's life.
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Origin of crisis

  • 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

  • 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