Definition of "crisis" []

  • A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point. (noun)
  • An unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an impending abrupt or decisive change. (noun)
  • A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration. (noun)
  • An emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person's life. (noun)
  • A point in a story or drama when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved. (noun)
  • A crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, esp in a sequence of events or a disease (noun)

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  • An unstable period, esp one of extreme trouble or danger in politics, economics, etc (noun)
  • A sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "crisis" in a sentence
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  • ""The mood is that the economic crisis in UK is better than the ­crisis in Poland.""