Main definitions of crux in English

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crux1

noun

the crux
  • 1The decisive or most important point at issue.

    ‘the crux of the matter is that attitudes have changed’
    • ‘They both think in terms of a zero-sum game and this is the crux of the ongoing crisis.’
    • ‘I want to add that this really isn't the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘This is where we get to the crux of the issue, because surely no one in their right mind wants strikes for the sake of it?’
    • ‘I only know that easing access to the music that people want is the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘But they also report that the crux of the issue might be the date of her reporting of the deal.’
    • ‘The crux of the issue - it has wheels and can move, but since it doesn't have an engine or a license plate, is it classed as a vehicle?’
    • ‘I think that what the crux of the issue here is that marriage is not just a label.’
    • ‘So the crux of the matter is really that there is no such miracle cure.’
    • ‘First, she was never charged with insider trading, which really was the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘And this is the crux of the issue, the reality which is so often unmentioned.’
    • ‘It is time to put down the sticks and stones and get down to the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘This gets at the crux of the issue I am raising, and I want to fundamentally disagree.’
    • ‘This trend may continue and therein lies the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘The crux of the issue is this: is there no chance of a catastrophe, or a tiny chance?’
    • ‘This is not meant to be definitive, but to highlight the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘That process requires lots of energy, and how you generate that energy is the crux of the issue.’
    • ‘In a private conversation with Liam, he told me the crux of his issue.’
    • ‘It's not the sort of question I would have worried about before, but now it feels as though this is the crux of the matter.’
    • ‘And as poignant as that analogy may be, it is not the crux of the matter.’
    • ‘This is the crux of the matter; the answer will determine Europe's future for decades to come.’
    nub, heart, essence, most important point, central point, main point, essential part, core, centre, nucleus, kernel
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    1. 1.1 A particular point of difficulty.
      ‘both cruces can be resolved by a consideration of the manuscripts’
      • ‘Royal Shakespeare Company audiences, like the company, tended to be knowledgeable about the texts, anticipating how a production might handle the cruxes.’
      • ‘There are cruxes, for instance, in Shakespeare's texts, such as the ‘sullied-solid-sallied’ one in Hamlet's first soliloquy, where no one can decide for sure just what Shakespeare wrote, let alone what he intended.’
      • ‘Erne explains how these plays treated certain cruxes in the original play and adds to our knowledge of the ways in which this enormously popular revenge play was perceived by different audiences and cultures.’
      • ‘Currently, we, as editors, have the responsibility - and, generally, wish to retain the responsibility - for identifying cruxes and offering possible alternative solutions.’
      • ‘This was probably the first play the Folio's compositors set from such copy, which may help to explain its high percentage of misprints, errors, and cruces.’
      • ‘One of the cruxes of the problems is that the funding is based on race and location, not on individual patient need.’
      decisive moment, critical moment, moment of truth, point of no return, crunch, zero hour
      most important fact, main point, central point, essential point, essence, nub, focal point, salient point, heart of the matter, keynote, core, pith, marrow, meat
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Origin

Mid 17th century (denoting a representation of a cross, chiefly in crux ansata ‘ankh’, literally ‘cross with a handle’): from Latin, literally ‘cross’.

Pronunciation

crux

/krʌks/

Main definitions of crux in English

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Crux2

proper noun

Astronomy
  • 1The smallest constellation (the Cross or Southern Cross), but the most familiar one to observers in the southern hemisphere. It contains the bright star Acrux, the ‘Jewel Box’ star cluster, and most of the Coalsack nebula. Formerly called Crux Australis.

    1. 1.1as genitive Crucis /ˈkruːsɪs/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Crux.
      ‘the star Beta Crucis’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

Crux

/krʌks/