midlife crisis


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.

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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 The story followed a suburban man suffering a midlife crisis and looking for new excitement after becoming infatuated with his teen daughter’s friend. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Christina Hendricks reveals her shocking connection to American Beauty," 23 Aug. 2019 The new midlife crisis is a career crisis, not a marital crisis. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "What ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ meant to me as a woman in architecture," 13 Aug. 2019 Maddie Correa’s midlife crisis — at least the one in terms of playing volleyball — came during a time when her actual life was basically just beginning. Terrence Thomas, ExpressNews.com, "Volleyball’s liberos small in stature, big in impact," 4 Aug. 2019 But for wealthy Asian consumers, middle age is the new prime of life—not the beginning of the end that prompts the dreaded midlife crisis. Catherine Feliciano-chon, Quartz, "Asia’s affluent boomers are making aging aspirational," 29 July 2019 Instead, the midlife crisis experienced by most people is subtler, more nuanced and rarely discussed among family and friends. Frank J. Infurna, Quartz, "The midlife crisis is getting worse," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of midlife crisis

1965, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of midlife crisis

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

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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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