Origin of the word ‘crisis’

We’ve been hearing news about financial meltdown to refugee crisis. What’s the origin of the word crisis?

The Greek word krino meant separate, judge or decide, and from it came the nouns krites “judge” – from which we get critic, and kriterion, a test to judge by.

 

The related word “krisis” signified the preference of one alternative over another. The Day of Judgement is hemera kriseos, in the Greek New Testament – truly a crisis for those at risk of damnation.

Source: The Vocabularist: Where did the word ‘crisis’ come from? – BBC News

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