crux, crux of the matter

(noun) the most important point

Source: WordNet® 3.1



crux (plural cruxes or cruces)

The basic, central, or essential point or feature.

Synonyms: core, gist, Thesaurus:gist

The critical or transitional moment or issue, a turning point.

A puzzle or difficulty.

(climbing) The hardest point of a climb.

(heraldiccharge) A cross on a coat of arms.


Proper noun


(constellation) A distinctive winter constellation of the southern sky, shaped like a cross. It appears in the flags of several countries in Oceania.


• Southern Cross

Source: Wiktionary

Crux (krks), n.; pl. E. Cruxes (-, L. Cruces (kr. Etym: [L., cross, torture, trouble.]

Definition: Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain. Dr. Sheridan. The perpetual crux of New Testament chronologists. Strauss.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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(adjective) made troubled or apprehensive or distressed in appearance; “his face was clouded with unhappiness”

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