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 There’s some dude over there going through a midlife crisis. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2024 The research also chimes with other studies into how young people find meaning when so many don’t have the financial security to take sabbaticals, buy sports cars, or divulge in the other classic trappings of a midlife crisis. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 26 June 2024 That said, Sam Mendes' tale of suburban strife and dysfunction remains an intriguing time capsule, with Spacey as a dad experiencing a midlife crisis who develops a crush on his daughter's bestie (Mena Suvari). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Read: The real roots of midlife crisis Janet, played with a beguiling mix of weary chilliness and melancholic openheartedness by Nicholson, is ostensibly the main character. David Sims, The Atlantic, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for midlife crisis 

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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 15 Jul. 2024.

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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