crisis Definition

  • 1a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger
  • 2a time when a difficult or important decision must be made

Using crisis: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "crisis" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The country is in the midst of an economic crisis.

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    The company is facing a crisis of confidence among its customers.

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    The government is trying to avert a crisis by negotiating with the opposition.

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    The crisis in the Middle East has been ongoing for decades.

crisis Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for crisis

Antonyms for crisis

Idioms Using crisis

  • the process of dealing with a crisis in an effective way


    The company's crisis management team was able to quickly respond to the cyber attack and prevent any major damage.

  • to exaggerate a minor issue and turn it into a major crisis


    She always makes a crisis out of a drama, blowing things out of proportion and causing unnecessary stress.

  • a period of doubt and questioning about one's religious beliefs or spiritual values


    After the death of his father, he experienced a crisis of faith and began to question the existence of God.

Phrases with crisis

  • midlife crisis

    a period of emotional turmoil and self-doubt that some people experience in middle age, characterized especially by a desire for change


    He bought a sports car during his midlife crisis.

  • a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person's sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected roles or status in society


    Many teenagers go through an identity crisis as they try to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives.

  • a moment at which an individual questions the very foundations of their life: whether this life has any meaning, purpose, or value


    After losing his job, he experienced an existential crisis and began to question the meaning of his existence.

Origins of crisis

from Greek 'krisis', meaning 'decision'


Summary: crisis in Brief

The term 'crisis' [ˈkraɪsɪs] refers to a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger, often requiring a difficult or important decision. It can range from economic crises to personal crises like 'midlife crisis,' 'identity crisis,' and 'existential crisis.' Idioms like 'crisis management' denote effective handling of crises, while 'make a crisis out of a drama' implies exaggeration of minor issues. 'Crisis of faith' refers to questioning one's religious beliefs.

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