midlife crisis

noun

Definition of midlife crisis

: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change

Examples of midlife crisis in a Sentence

We knew he was going through a midlife crisis when he bought a new sports car.
Recent Examples on the Web My midlife crisis was slightly different — wanting to make this trip perfect, but perfect for me and the nostalgia of my backpacking youth. Sue Sanders, Los Angeles Times, "She went nuts when he ate cashews from the minibar. Could this trip be saved?," 16 Oct. 2019 But Shameless is having no such midlife crisis, with fans still very interested in watching, so much so that Wells sees no end in sight for his long-running series. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Shameless boss previews life for the Gallaghers after Fiona: 'It shook everything up'," 8 Nov. 2019 The Duke of Edinburgh has made peace with his role as the Queen's arm candy, but the former pilot is now facing a midlife crisis. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Netflix original series ‘The Crown’ shines brighter than ever in Season 3," 4 Nov. 2019 The Duke of Edinburgh has made peace with his role as the Queen’s arm candy, but the former pilot is now facing a midlife crisis. Lorraine Ali, chicagotribune.com, "Review: ‘The Crown’ shines brighter than ever in Season 3," 4 Nov. 2019 But does that make the midlife crisis real, or just an intuitively appealing phantom? Nick Haslam, CNN, "Why the 'midlife crisis' is a myth," 14 Oct. 2019 As DuChamp wrestles with his own midlife crisis, Rushdie paints a larger portrait of American culture and plays in the space between fiction and reality. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 If this absence of clarity is enough to trigger your own midlife crisis, don’t despair. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "Diet advice changes by the minute. How are we supposed to figure out what to eat?," 20 Aug. 2019 The trailer seems to pick up where the actors left off 16 years ago, although there is talk of retirement and Lowery is having a midlife crisis. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hit the streets of Miami again in ‘Bad Boys For Life’ trailer," 5 Sep. 2019

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Midlife crisis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midlife%20crisis. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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midlife crisis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of midlife crisis

: a time in middle age when a person feels a strong desire for change

midlife crisis

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Medical Definition of midlife crisis

: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age caused by the realization that one is no longer young and characterized especially by a strong desire for change

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