an·​a·​cri·​sis | \ ˌanəˈkrīsə̇s \
plural anacrises\ -​īˌsēz \

Definition of anacrisis

: an investigation of truth in a civil law case in which the interrogation and inquiry are often accompanied by torture

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First Known Use of anacrisis

circa 1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anacrisis

Greek anakrisis examination of the parties concerned in a lawsuit, from anakrinein to examine, interrogate, from ana- + krinein to choose, determine, separate

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The first known use of anacrisis was circa 1773

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“Anacrisis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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