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crisis

noun uk   us   /ˈkraɪ.sɪs/ (plural crises uk   /-siːz/ us   )
B2 [C or U] a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering: The country's leadership is in crisis. an economic/financial crisis I've got a family crisis on my hands - my 16-year-old sister is pregnant. [C] an extremely difficult or dangerous point in a situation: crisis talks A mediator has been called in to resolve the crisis. [C] a moment during a serious illness when there is the possibility of suddenly getting either better or worse: He's passed the crisis - the fever's started to go down.a crisis of confidence a sudden loss of confidence: With inflation at 500 percent, the country faces a crisis of confidence.
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