E*mer"gen*cy (?), n.; pl. Emergencies (#). [See Emergence.]

1.

Sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion.

Most our rarities have been found out by casual emergency. Glanvill.

2.

An unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency.

To whom she might her doubts propose, On all emergencies that rose. Swift.

A safe counselor in most difficult emergencies. Brougham.

Syn. -- Crisis; conjuncture; exigency; pinch; strait; necessity.

 

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