identity crisis

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of identity crisis

1 : personal psychosocial conflict especially in adolescence that involves confusion about one's social role and often a sense of loss of continuity to one's personality
2 : a state of confusion in an institution or organization regarding its nature or direction

Examples of identity crisis in a Sentence

  1. He is suffering from an identity crisis.

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First Known Use of identity crisis

1941

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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IDENTITY CRISIS Defined for English Language Learners

identity crisis

Definition of identity crisis for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of unhappiness and confusion caused by not being sure about what type of person you really are or what the true purpose of your life is


Medical Dictionary

identity crisis

noun

medical Definition of identity crisis

: personal psychosocial conflict especially in adolescence that involves confusion about one's social role and often a sense of loss of continuity to one's personality


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