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crux

crux

 
 
pronunciation:
kruhks
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
inflections: cruces, cruxes
definition: an essential, basic, crucial, or pivotal point.
Despite our explanations of what is needed now, he failed to grasp the crux of the matter.
similar words:
core, heart, nub, pith, point
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