Synonyms of emergency

a time or state of affairs requiring prompt or decisive action
  • an alert, quick-thinking girl who is good to have around in an emergency

Synonyms for emergency

Words Related to emergency

Phrases Synonymous with emergency

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for emergency

juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, strait (or straits) crisis mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs. juncture stresses the significant concurrence or convergence of events. an important juncture in our country's history exigency stresses the pressure of restrictions or urgency of demands created by a special situation. provide for exigencies emergency applies to a sudden unforeseen situation requiring prompt action to avoid disaster. the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies contingency implies an emergency or exigency that is regarded as possible but uncertain of occurrence. contingency plans pinch implies urgency or pressure for action to a less intense degree than exigency or emergency. come through in a pinch strait, now commonly straits, applies to a troublesome situation from which escape is extremely difficult. in dire straits crisis applies to a juncture whose outcome will make a decisive difference. a crisis of confidence

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about emergency

Time Traveler for emergency

Time Traveler

The first known use of emergency was circa 1631

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Emergency.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on emergency

Dictionary: Definition of emergency

Medical Dictionary: Definition of emergency

Spanish Central: Translation of emergency

Nglish: Translation of emergency for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of emergency for Arabic Speakers

Comments on emergency

What made you want to look up emergency? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!