• WordNet 3.6
    • n crisis a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"
    • n crisis an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Chinese, the words 'crisis' and 'opportunity' are the same.
    • Crisis (Med) That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a striking change of symptoms attended by an outward manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat. "Till some safe crisis authorize their skill."
    • Crisis The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point. "This hour's the very crisis of your fate.""The very times of crisis for the fate of the country."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Identity crisis? About 10% of Jewish households have Christmas Trees.
    • n crisis A vitally important or decisive state of things; the point of culmination; a turning-point; the point at which a change must come, either for the better or the worse, or from one state of things to another: as, a ministerial crisis; a financial crisis; a crisis in a person's mental condition.
    • n crisis In medicine, the change of a disease which indicates the nature of its termination; that change which prognosticates recovery or death. The term is sometimes also used to denote the symptoms accompanying the condition.
    • n crisis A paroxysm of acute localized pain or of functional disturbance of some organ accompanying tabes dorsalis or other degenerative affection of the spinal cord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crisis krī′sis point or time for deciding anything, the decisive moment or turning-point
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  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    “The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.”
  • Robert Freeman
    Robert Freeman
    “Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.”
  • Norman Cousins
    “Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.”
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
    “When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.”
  • William Moulton Marston
    William Moulton Marston
    “Every crisis offers you extra desired power.”
  • Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    “When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crisis, Gr. , fr. to separate. See Certain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. krisis, from krinein, to separate.


In literature:

Financial Crisis of 1857.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
More than ever did we give way to despair; and, hardly deeming it worth while to exert ourselves, we remained passively awaiting the crisis.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Corsican affairs had now reached a crisis, for this was a virtual declaration of war.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Virginia comes forward in a great national crisis.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
It unexpectedly precipitated a crisis in provincial affairs.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Northumberland was unequal to this crisis, and he was very feebly sustained.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
There is no forest crisis that presents such a test to human nerves as the charge of a grizzly.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
In that crisis Mayo controlled his tongue after a mighty effort to steady himself.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
At this crisis came the messenger from Del Valle.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Matters came to a crisis in June.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt

In poetry:

The crisis suited not with pomp, and she
Whose anguish bears the seal of consecration
Had wished his Christian obsequies should be
Thus void of ostentation.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
Impassive, iron, he and they!--and then
With eagle-keener ken
Glanced through the field, the crisis-instant knew,
And through the gap of war
His thundering legions on their victory threw.
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Then the crisis was past and the victory won,
Which caused Sir Colin Campbell to cry, Well done,
And, raising his hand, gave the signal to cheer,
Which was responded to by hurrahs, loud and clear.
"The Battle of Alma" by William Topaz McGonagall
At the risk of seeming silly,
I would ask you, "Where is Billy?"
Here's a crisis, here's a fight,
And he's missing. Strike a light!
Blithering blazes! Here's a mill -
Rough house stuff; and where's our Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis
Then came the crisis, strange to say,
Which turned a good wife to a better.
A telegraphic peon, one day,
Brought her — now, had it been a letter
For Belial Machiavelli, I
Know Jane would just have let it lie.
"The Mare's Nest" by Rudyard Kipling
When HUDIBRAS this language heard,
He prick'd up's ears and strok'd his beard;
Thought he, this is the lucky hour; Wines work when vines are in the flow'r;
This crisis then I'll set my rest on,
And put her boldly to the question.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler

In news:

The rule that Catholic priests must be celibate is responsible for the crisis in the church.
Permitting challenges and the credit crisis have delayed Bluefire Ethanol's plans to build two facilities producing cellulosic ethanol from green wastes.
People in areas without phones can report attacks on the radios to people who put them on a website called the LRA Crisis Tracker.
Did Bush tax cuts lead to 2008 crisis.
IT innovation in a time of economic crisis.
This round of the crisis will not merely incorporate civil claims.
Still don't understand the worsening euro crisis.
The law enforcement officers have also realized the value of having a chaplain present during any crisis situation.
The crisis of the single currency is political as much as financial.
The housing crisis hit Hispanics and blacks much harder than it did whites.
What the Abuse Crisis is Not About: Chastity and Celibacy.
The sexual abuse crisis that continues to rock our church is about many things: power, secrecy, sin, crime, stupidity, sickness, and so on.
When Lehman, AIG, and Merrill Lynch were in crisis a year ago, Chris Flowers could be found at the scene.
Since the economic crisis hit in Europe, aggregate hours for full-time workers have increased across the European Union, according to a new report.
Iraq's offer yesterday to allow United Nations weapons inspectors back to Baghdad without conditions could open the way to resolving the crisis peacefully and should certainly be tested.

In science:

Our aim is to test a model recently presented, motivated by the reported Rb and Rc “crisis”, which contains extra vector fermions.
Testing a Model with extra Vector Fermions at the LEP2 Collider
Motivated by the so–called Rb , Rc crisis that arose during the last couple of years, several models have been invoked, to explain this puzzle using different kinds of extensions to the Standard Model (SM).
Testing a Model with extra Vector Fermions at the LEP2 Collider
Spin measurements have always been sources of unexpected surprises; the most recent example given by the simple and hitherto successful Quark Parton Model which could not describe the nucleon spin structure (’spin crisis’) .
Summary of Physics Prospects for Polarized Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering at HERA-N
The ‘spin crisis’ induced enormous theoretical and experimental activities. A number of new experiments was proposed to investigate in more detail the longitudinal spin structure of the nucleon by measuring double spin asymmetries in lepton nucleon collisions.
Summary of Physics Prospects for Polarized Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering at HERA-N
Einstein to obtain a static universe and Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle to solve the earlier age crisis when H0 was thought to be 250 km s−1 Mpc−1 ).
Inflation: From Theory to Observation and Back