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Noun: crisis (crises)  krI-sis
  1. An unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
    "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
  2. A crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
    "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"

Derived forms: crises

See also: critical, noncritical, noncrucial

Type of: juncture, occasion, situation

Encyclopedia: Crisis