crisis


crisis
crisis cri‧sis [ˈkraɪss] noun crises PLURALFORM [-siːz] [countable, uncountable]
1. a period of great difficulty, danger, or uncertainty, especially in politics or economics:

• Opposition leaders accused the president of ignoring the country's growing economic crisis.

• Many Americans still remember the long lines at gas stations during the energy crisis of 1972.

2. crisis of confidence a time when people no longer have confidence in something and no longer support it:

• There seems to be a crisis of confidence in the economy.

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crisis UK US /ˈkraɪsɪs/ noun [C or U] (plural crises /ˈkraɪsiːz/)
a situation that is extremely difficult or dangerous, when there are many problems: »

a major/serious/global crisis

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an economic/financial/political crisis

a looming/impending/growing crisis »

This matter needs to be discussed, in the light of the looming pensions crisis.

cause/create a crisis »

The ban, fortunately, did not create a crisis in the dairy industry.

face a crisis »

The industry is facing a serious staffing crisis.

a crisis arises/occurs/deepens »

This article examines how the debt crisis arose,

address/resolve/solve a crisis »

A mediator has been called in to resolve the crisis.

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The country's leadership is in crisis.

crisis of confidence — Cf. crisis of confidence

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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