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

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

“after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better”
emergency, exigency, pinch
a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
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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
Great Depression
the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
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a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
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
a critical state; especially the point at which a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining
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a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

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