[krahy-sis] /ˈkraɪ sɪs/
noun, plural crises
[krahy-seez] /ˈkraɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.
the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.
of, referring to, or for use in dealing with a crisis.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, esp in a sequence of events or a disease
an unstable period, esp one of extreme trouble or danger in politics, economics, etc
(pathol) a sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease
early 15c., from Latinized form of Greek krisis “turning point in a disease” (used as such by Hippocrates and Galen), literally “judgment, result of a trial, selection,” from krinein “to separate, decide, judge,” from PIE root *krei- “to sieve, discriminate, distinguish” (cf. Greek krinesthai “to explain;” Old English hriddel “sieve;” Latin cribrum “sieve,” crimen “judgment, crime,” cernere (past participle cretus) “to sift, separate;” Old Irish criathar, Old Welsh cruitr “sieve;” Middle Irish crich “border, boundary”). Transferred non-medical sense is 1620s in English. A German term for “mid-life crisis” is Torschlusspanik, literally “shut-door-panic,” fear of being on the wrong side of a closing gate.
crisis cri·sis (krī’sĭs)
n. pl. cri·ses (-sēz)
noun 1. a central facility, telephone answering service, etc., where people may obtain informed help or advice in a personal crisis. 2. an office, building, agency, etc., serving as a central point for receiving information and coordinating action during a disaster or emergency. crisis center n. A center staffed especially by volunteers who give support […]
noun 1. the techniques used, as by an employer or government, to avert or deal with strikes, riots, violence, or other crisis situations. noun the act or practice of dealing with a crisis when it develops; an attempt to limit the impact of an unforeseen problem
- Crisis software
A small UK company producing software for the Acorn Archimedes range of computers. (http://dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~phid/Crisis/). (1994-11-10)
noun 1. a neoorthodox theology, advocated by Karl Barth and others, emphasizing the absolute necessity of faith and divine revelation in transcending the personal crisis, common to all humankind, that arises from the contradictions inherent in human nature and in the social order.