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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crisis" in a sentence
  • "Promoted to Headline (H3) on 10/25/08: The Crash: The Plot Thickens yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'The Crash: The Plot Thickens'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: In recent days, a possible motive for the current financial crisis has been suggested by the crisis\' own architects themselves. '"
  • "Trust yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Trust'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: At the bottom of the \'financial crisis\' is a crisis of trust."
  • ""The mood is that the economic crisis in UK is better than the ­crisis in Poland.""
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