WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
midlife crisis, 
  • Psychiatry, Psychologya period of psychological stress occurring in middle age, thought to be triggered by a physical, occupational, or domestic event, as menopause, diminution of physical prowess, job loss, or departure of children from the home.
    • 1970–75


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    midlife crisis /ˈmɪdˌlaɪf/ n
    1. a crisis that may be experienced in middle age involving frustration, panic, and feelings of pointlessness, sometimes resulting in radical and often ill-advised changes of lifestyle



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