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crises (ˈkraɪsiːz) 


plural noun

  1. See crisis

crise (kriːz) 



  1. an archaic word for crisis

crisis (ˈkraɪsɪs Pronunciation for crisis



(plural) -ses  (-siːz) 
  1. a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, esp in a sequence of events or a disease
  2. an unstable period, esp one of extreme trouble or danger in politics, economics, etc
  3. (pathology) a sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease Also (archaic): crise

Word Origin

C15: from Latin: decision, from Greek krisis, from krinein to decide


View thesaurus entry
= emergency, plight, catastrophe, predicament, pass, trouble, disaster, mess, dilemma, strait, deep water, meltdown, extremity, quandary, dire straits, exigency, critical situation
= critical point, climax, point of no return, height, confrontation, crunch, turning point, culmination, crux, moment of truth, climacteric, tipping point

Example Sentences Including 'crises'

'The economic crises affecting the countries of some of the participating clubs further heighten existing commercial difficulties.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
And then there are the periodic crises that plague the Canadian Football League's Tiger-Cats.
Globe and Mail (2003)
As always her strict régime was interspersed with family crises.
Mosco, Maisie Out of the Ashes
Failing is part of succeeding and mistakes are mishaps, not crises.
Pete Cohen and Sten Cummins with Jennai Cox HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)
I stabilized myself in the back of a cab and breathed back crises and counted palm trees.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
It should encourage clauses in bond contracts that make creditors work together in crises , rather against each other.
Independent (1998)
NEW WORLD ORDER It's lonely at the top Rebuilding societies in crises can't be done by one country alone.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Over the years they had been through a lot of crises together, and she loved him dearly.
Harcourt, Palma Double Deceit
The common response to each of these crises has been a further embracing of risk aversion.


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