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See also: Crux

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin crux (cross, wooden frame for execution) (English cross), from the Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to turn, to bend).

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NounEdit

crux (plural cruxes or cruces)

  1. The basic, central, or essential point or feature.
    The crux of her argument was that the roadways needed repair before anything else could be accomplished.
  2. The critical or transitional moment or issue, a turning point.
    • 1993, Laurence M. Porter, "Real Dreams, Literary Dreams, and the Fantastic in Literature", pages 32-47 in Carol Schreier Rupprecht (ed.) The Dream and the Text: Essays on Literature and Language.
      The mad certitude of the ogre, Abel Tiffauges, that he stands at the crux of history and that he will be able to raise Prussia "to a higher power" (p. 180), contrasts sharply with the anxiety and doubt attendant upon most modern literary dreams.
  3. A puzzle or difficulty.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dr. Sheridan to this entry?)
    The perpetual crux of New Testament chronologists. — Strauss.
  4. The hardest point of a climb.
    • 1973, Pat Armstrong, "Klondike Fever: Seventy Years Too Late", in Backpacker, Autumn 1973, page 84:
      The final half-mile was the crux of the climb.
    • 2004, Craig Luebben, Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills, The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9780898867435, page 179:
      Most pitches have a distinct crux, or tough spot; some have multiple cruxes. [] ¶ Climb efficiently on the "cruiser" sections to stay fresh for the cruxes.
    • 2009, R. J. Secor, The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails, Third Edition, The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9780898869712, page 51:
      Continue climbing the groove; the crux is passing some vegetation on the second pitch.
  5. (heraldry) A cross on a coat of arms.

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LatinEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From the Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to turn, to bend).[1] Possible cognate with Latin circus and curvus.

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NounEdit

crux f (genitive crucis); third declension

  1. A wooden frame on which criminals were crucified, especially a cross.
  2. (derogatory) A gallows bird; one who deserves to be hanged.
  3. (figuratively) Torture, misery.

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative crux crucēs
genitive crucis crucum
dative crucī crucibus
accusative crucem crucēs
ablative cruce crucibus
vocative crux crucēs

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  1. ^ Pokorny 611