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emergency

e·mer·gen·cy

emergency

 
pronunciation:
ih muhr jn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: emergencies
definition: a serious situation or sudden crisis that calls for fast action.
The flooding created an emergency for many families living along the river.
synonyms:
pinch
similar words:
accident, crisis, danger, extremity, hazard, peril, predicament
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The word emergency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.