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
  1. noun
    a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
    “after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better”
    see moresee less
    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
  2. noun
    an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
    “they went bankrupt during the economic crisis
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 5 types...
    hide 5 types...
    Dunkirk
    a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
    exigence, 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
Word Family