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Definitions of crises

crises (ˈkraɪsiːz) 


plural noun

  1. See crisis

crise (kriːz) 



  1. an archaic word for crisis

crisis (ˈkraɪsɪs



(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 (informal), extremity, quandary, dire straits, exigency, critical situation
= critical point, climax, point of no return, height, confrontation, crunch (informal), turning point, culmination, crux, moment of truth, climacteric, tipping point

Example Sentences Including 'crises'

Over the years they had been through a lot of crises together, and she loved him dearly.
Harcourt, Palma Double Deceit
I stabilized myself in the back of a cab and breathed back crises and counted palm trees.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
As always her strict régime was interspersed with family crises.
Mosco, Maisie Out of the Ashes


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