Definition of crisis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkraɪsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraɪsɪs//
    [countable, uncountable] (pl. crises
    BrE BrE//ˈkraɪsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraɪsiːz//
    Being ill
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  1. 1  a time of great danger, difficulty or confusion when problems must be solved or important decisions must be made a political/financial crisis the government’s latest economic crisis The business is still in crisis but it has survived the worst of the recession. The Labour Party was facing an identity crisis. an expert in crisis management We provide help to families in crisis situations. In times of crisis I know which friends I can turn to. The party was suffering a crisis of confidence among its supporters (= they did not trust it any longer). see also midlife crisis
  2. 2  a time when a problem, a bad situation or an illness is at its worst point Their marriage has reached crisis point. The fever has passed its crisis. See related entries: Being ill
  3. see also critical
    Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the turning point of a disease): medical Latin, from Greek krisis ‘decision’, from krinein ‘decide’. The general sense ‘decisive point’ dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples He’s having a mid-life crisis. In times of crisis it’s good to have someone you can rely on for advice. She’s no good in a crisis. The company is suffering a severe crisis of confidence. The government is in crisis. The plan could save the country from a looming energy crisis. The team’s dismal season has reached crisis point. Three people died during the hostage crisis. Union leaders are taking immediate steps to defuse the crisis. We are just waiting for the next crisis to arise. With competition from cheap imports, the British coal industry is facing a serious crisis. a crisis over pensions an expert in crisis management attempts to ease the town’s housing crisis the Third World debt crisis the growing crisis in education the worst economic crisis for fifty years A succession of economic crises had limited the money available for new social policies. He is one of the world’s leading experts in crisis management. It is hoped that his resignation will end the latest political crisis in the country. The Communist Party was facing an identity crisis. The party was suffering a crisis of confidence among its supporters. Their marriage had reached crisis point.