Thesaurus

strait

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of strait

  1. 1 a narrow body of water between two land masses as the ship headed east through the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain was on our left and Africa on our right Synonyms of strait narrows, neck, sound, channelWords Related to strait arm, bay, gulf, inlet; roads, roadstead; reach, stretch

  2. 2 often straits pl  a state of great suffering of body or mind in great straits over the loss of her mother's cherished necklace Synonyms of strait affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, distress(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to strait discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, troubleNear Antonyms of strait comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being

Synonym Discussion of strait

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


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