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crisis

cri·sis

crisis

 
pronunciation:
kraI sihs
part of speech: noun
inflections: crises
definition 1: the point or moment just prior to a decisive and critical change.
He had reached a crisis in his writing career, and he knew he had to get something published or give up writing altogether.
synonyms:
juncture, turning point
similar words:
climax, clutch, conjuncture, critical mass, crunch, crux, emergency, exigency, fix, hour, moment of truth, pickle, pinch, predicament, straits, zero
definition 2: an unstable or uncertain situation that has potential to bring about dramatic, possibly destructive, changes.
The assassination of the president threw the country into a crisis.
 
similar words:
instability, predicament, tinderbox