Definitions for CRISISˈkraɪ sɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cri•sis*ˈkraɪ sɪs(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. a turning point, as in a sequence of events, for better or for worse.

  2. a condition of instability, as in international relations, that leads to a decisive change.

  3. a personal tragedy, emotional upheaval, or the like.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading to recovery or to death. the change itself.

    Category: Medicine

  5. the point, as in a play, at which the antagonistic elements confront each other.

    Category: Literature

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Origin of crisis:

1375–1425; late ME < L < Gk krísis decision =kri- var. s. of krinein to decide, separate +-sis -sis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crisis(noun)

    an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

    "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"

  2. crisis(noun)

    a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

    "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. crisis(noun)ˈkraɪ sɪs

    a time of severe problems or danger

    the global warming crisis; financial markets in crisis

Wiktionary

  1. crisis(Noun)

    A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.

  2. crisis(Noun)

    An unstable situation, in political, social, economic or military affairs, especially one involving an impending abrupt change.

  3. crisis(Noun)

    A sudden change in the course of a disease, usually at which the patient is expected to recover or die.

  4. crisis(Noun)

    A traumatic or stressful change in a person's life.

  5. crisis(Noun)

    A point in a drama at which a conflict reaches a peak before being resolved.

  6. Origin: From κρίσις, from κρίνω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crisis(noun)

    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

  2. Crisis(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Crisis

    A crisis is any event that is, or expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society. Crises are deemed to be negative changes in the security, economic, political, societal, or environmental affairs, especially when they occur abruptly, with little or no warning. More loosely, it is a term meaning 'a testing time' or an 'emergency event'.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. crisis

    An incident or situation involving a threat to a nation, its territories, citizens, military forces, possessions, or vital interests that develops rapidly and creates a condition of such diplomatic, economic, political, or military importance that commitment of military forces and resources is contemplated to achieve national objectives.

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  3. Nouns Frequency

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Translations for CRISIS

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

crisis(noun)

a deciding moment or turning-point (especially of an illness)

Although she is still very ill, she has passed the crisis.

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