E·mer·gen·cy n.; pl. Emergencies
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.