how to pronounce crux


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the above transcription of crux is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

crux is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of crux in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to be perfectly legal see the crux of …”

meanings of crux


  1. The critical or transitional moment or issue, a turning point.
  2. The basic, central, or essential point or feature.
  3. The hardest point of a climb.
  4. A puzzle or difficulty.
  5. A cross on a coat of arms.


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

crux frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word crux occurs in english on average 2.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics crux can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that crux can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to crux


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