The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point.
Maximum point of accumulating obstacles faced by the protagonist in a drama, and leading to the climax, which occurs when he deals with the crisis.
the period of highest tension just before the climax of a film (there can be more than one); the point at which events reach their highest level of tension
Moments or events which cause tension that lead to the play's climax ( SG 165).
a cataclysmic upheaval B the familiar sense of the term in ordinary English usage
a crucial time in which a decisive change is impending, especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome, according to Webster
a decisive, crucial event in the course of treatment that threatens to compromise or destroy the rehabilitation effort
a decisive era of saecular upheaval
a decisive era of secular upheaval
a decisive moment, a critical time or state of affairs whose outcome will make a decisive difference for either better or worse
a key moment of dramatic tension and conflict in the play, usually occurring between two or more characters and having serious implications for the outcome of the plot
a moment of truth in which reality becomes unavoidable to everyone
a moment of truth that shows us up for what we really are
the turning point of plot (closely related to “climax” which seems to complete its action)
A key moment that may lead towards and follow the climax.
the highest point of tension before the climax in which the issues at hand hang in balance before the protagonist decides to act.
A critical state of affairs in which a decisive, probably undesirable outcome is impending.[firstname.lastname@example.org
A decisive point in the plot of a play on which the outcome of the remaining actions depends.
"a time when a problem or situation is very bad or dangerous" [Longman] "a decisive moment; a time of danger or great difficulty" [Oxford
A crisis (plural: crises) is a turning point or decisive moment in events. Typically, it is the moment from which an illness may go on to death or recovery. More loosely, it is a term meaning 'a testing time' or 'emergency event'.