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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRISES

There were two crises then, one on each floor of the big house.

These crises were sharp, but they left a sweet taste in the memory.

The crises of her life did not usually find her so unprepared.

This is one of the crises in which my theory of “inspiration first” may fail.

There are two crises in the history of grave and sensitive natures.

Yet I do not wish to furnish the impression that crises are negligible.

In the crises of a great war Cabals and Juntos go by the board.

Isn't it odd how unconvinced we often are by the crises in the lives of other people?

The discussion before the Senate committee was one of the crises in Eads's life.

So Samson advises, so we act; wisely, in this and in other crises of the business.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.