crisis

A crisis is a difficult or dangerous time in which a solution is needed — and quickly. For example, the crisis caused by a natural disaster might inspire you and your friends to make a donation.

The noun crisis comes from the Latinized form of the Greek word krisis, meaning "turning point in a disease." At such a moment, the person with the disease could get better or worse: it's a critical moment. Think of a celebrity whose recent antics generate headlines like "Rock Star in Crisis" — that person needs help that may or may not be sought. At the moment of crisis, things are unstable and maybe even dangerous.

Definitions of crisis
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n a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

“after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better”
Types:
emergency, exigency, pinch
a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
Type of:
juncture, occasion
an event that occurs at a critical time

n an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

“they went bankrupt during the economic crisis
Examples:
Great Depression
the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
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Dunkirk
a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
exigency
a pressing or urgent situation
critical point, crossroads, juncture
a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made
depression, economic crisis, slump
a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
criticality
a critical state; especially the point at which a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining
Type of:
situation
a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

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