What does crisis mean?

Definitions for crisis
ˈkraɪ sɪscri·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crisisnoun

    an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

    "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"

  2. crisisnoun

    a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

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


  1. crisisnoun

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

  2. crisisnoun

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

  3. crisisnoun

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

  4. crisisnoun

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

  5. crisisnoun

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

  6. Etymology: From κρίσις, from κρίνω

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crisisnoun

    Etymology: ϰϱίσις.

    Wise leeches will not vain receipts obtrude;
    Deaf to complaints, they wait upon the ill,
    ’Till some safe crisis authorize their skill. Dryden.

    This hour’s the very crisis of your fate;
    Your good or ill, your infamy or fame,
    And all the colour of your life depends
    On this important now. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    The undertaking, which I am now laying down, was entered upon in the very crisis of the late rebellion, when it was the duty of every Briton to contribute his utmost assistance to the government, in a manner suitable to his station and abilities. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 55.


  1. Crisis

    A crisis (PL: crises; ADJ: critical) is either any event or period that will (or might) lead to an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, or all of society. Crises are negative changes in the human or environmental affairs, especially when they occur abruptly, with little or no warning. More loosely, a crisis is a testing time for an emergency.


  1. crisis

    A crisis is a critical and intense situation or event that poses a significant threat or challenge, often requiring immediate attention and action. It is a turning point or a moment of decision that demands decisive measures to mitigate negative consequences, restore stability, or manage evolving circumstances. Crises can occur in various fields, such as personal life, business, politics, natural disasters, public health emergencies, security, or finance, and often involve a heightened sense of urgency and uncertainty. Effective crisis management involves quickly assessing the situation, making informed decisions, implementing appropriate strategies, and communicating effectively to minimize harm and navigate through the crisis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crisisnoun

    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. Crisisnoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [L. crisis, Gr. , fr. to separate. See Certain.]


  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'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crisis

    krī′sis, n. point or time for deciding anything, the decisive moment or turning-point:—pl. Crises (krī′sēz). [Gr. krisis, from krinein, to separate.]

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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crisis' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1732

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crisis' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3001

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crisis' in Nouns Frequency: #726

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crisis in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crisis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of crisis in a Sentence

  1. Docs Foundation -RRB- Loftus:

    As far as the matter of protective equipment for front-line health care workers : its clear crisis.

  2. Jyoti Pande Lavakare:

    I have not seen such blue skies in Delhi for the past 10 years, it is a silver lining in terms of this awful crisis that we can step outside and breathe.

  3. Dave Murray:

    It’s important to look at missteps at all three levels of government - local, state and federal - so such a crisis doesn’t occur again.

  4. Neal Walker:

    This is a country, unlike many crisis countries, where there really is potential for people to pick up and continue with their lives, the humanitarian situation could be addressed very quickly if we had a sustainable peace. But right now we need that humanitarian assistance.

  5. Mike Loewengart:

    Corporations have deleveraged significantly since the financial crisis, so investment-grade debt can look fairly attractive to investors right now because it offers an incremental yield over most government debt.

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