noun Date: 14th century 1. a. joint, connection b. the manner of transition or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds in speech 2. an instance of joining ; junction 3. a point of time; especially one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances Synonyms: juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, straits, crisis mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs. juncture stresses the significant concurrence or convergence of events <
an important juncture in our country's history
. exigency stresses the pressure of restrictions or urgency of demands created by a special situation <
provide for exigencies
. emergency applies to a sudden unforeseen situation requiring prompt action to avoid disaster <
the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies
. contingency implies an emergency or exigency that is regarded as possible but uncertain of occurrence <
contingency plans
. pinch implies urgency or pressure for action to a less intense degree than exigency or emergency <
come through in a pinch
. straits applies to a troublesome situation from which escape is extremely difficult <
in dire straits
. crisis applies to a juncture whose outcome will make a decisive difference <
a crisis of confidence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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