Definitions for: Crisis


[n] a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"
[n] an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cri"sis (kr?"s?s), n.; pl. Crises (-s?z). [L. crisis,
Gr. ????, fr. ???? to separate. See Certain.]
1. The point of time when it is to be decided whether any
affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or
terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point.

This hour's the very crisis of your fate. --Dryden.

The very times of crisis for the fate of the
country. --Brougham.

2. (Med.) That change in a disease which indicates whether
the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a
striking change of symptoms attended by an outward
manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat.

Till some safe crisis authorize their skill.
--Dryden.

See Also: critical point, crossroads, Dunkirk, emergency, exigency, exigency, juncture, juncture, occasion, pinch, situation, state of affairs

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