One word for Point of No Return? I thought Anti, or Ante was the Ancent Greek one word for it, but I couldn't confirm. Please advise?
See Rubicon, defined by Oxford dictionary as
Point of no return.
But this term isn't that common. You may wanna use climacteric, critical point, etc. for different situations.
point of no return is a precise phrase with an arresting meaning: It
. . . comes from aviation, where it signifies the point where an aircraft does not have enough fuel to return to the starting point. [c. 1940 ] The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
You might consider crossroad or crossroads as a single word--one definition being:
A point at which a vital decision must be made. (source - dictionary.com)
How about brink? From Merriam-Webster:
- edge, especially the edge at the top of a steep place
- a bank, especially of a river
- the point of onset, e.g. on the brink of war
- the threshold of danger
1 A notional boundary around a black hole beyond which no light or other radiation can escape.
1.1 A point of no return.
‘we're nearing the event horizon of the presidential election’.
a: the highest point: culmination the climax of a distinguished career
b: the point of highest dramatic tension or a major turning point in the action
Would that be, perchance
- The time at which something is most powerful or successful. "Under Justinian, the Byzantine Empire reached its zenith of influence" synonyms: highest point, high point, crowning point, height, top, acme, peak, pinnacle, apex, apogee, crown, crest, summit, climax, culmination, prime, meridian "at the zenith of his power"
- The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer.
It is etymologically a medieval Latin word:
... late 14c., from Old French cenith (Modern French zénith), from Medieval Latin cenit, senit, bungled scribal transliterations of Arabic samt "road, path,"...
It hasn’t entered common usage yet, but in a few years the word you are looking for will be:
Example of expected usage:
“I had reached my Brexit, so I made my exit”
[The Memoires of David Cameron, Eton College Press, 2025]
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