crisis
noun (plural crises) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek krisis, literally, decision, from krinein to decide — more at certain Date: 15th century 1. a. the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever b. a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function c. an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person's life <
a midlife crisis
>
2. the decisive moment (as in a literary plot) 3. a. an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome <
a financial crisis
>
b. a situation that has reached a critical phase <
the environmental crisis
>
Synonyms: see juncture

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