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 Photo: iStock Americans want their midlife crisis to be more productive. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, 31 July 2023 And fans on social media eagerly anticipated the breakup, and the moment Miranda would finally snap out of her midlife crisis, stop letting Che walk all over her and get back to being the only sane person on this entire show. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2023 Courtesy of Retro The launch of Threads, Meta’s new Twitter killer, has catapulted some of us into a social media midlife crisis. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 13 July 2023 And Sylvia and Will are also having separate midlife crises or whatever. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023 Fortunately for the living things in our solar system, the sun shows no signs of a midlife crisis. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, 8 May 2023 And just looking around at my friends— Laura: Everyone is too precarious to have a midlife crisis now. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2023 But there’s no midlife crisis at this breakfast table. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2023 The sequel takes place 20 years later and tells the story of Torp, once a fearless investigative journalist who is now tackling unemployment and a midlife crisis. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midlife crisis was in 1965

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“Midlife crisis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midlife%20crisis. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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