Crux

Defined:  The definition of crux is the central point of something, or is something that seems impossible to solve.  An example of a crux is the most important beliefs of a religion.  An example of a crux is a Rubik’s cube.  NOUN

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The basic, central, or critical point or feature: the crux of the matter; the crux of an argument.  A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.

–The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Crux is a term I’ve used at least since college.  I can’t remember if I heard it or read it; likely heard it.  But my usage was always along the lines of a central or critical point–“the crux of the situation.”

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