Related to crucial: corsair , Kingston. Extremely significant or important: "Infancy Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome: a crucial moment in the political campaign. See Synonyms at decisive. Sense 2, French, from Old French, from Latin crux. Word History: In a Latin work dating from , the English philosopher and essayist Francis Bacon used the phrase instantia crucis, "crossroads instance," to refer to something in an experiment that proves one of two hypotheses and disproves the other.
Baconian theory of Shakespeare authorship
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The first major English essayist , Francis Bacon published three versions of his "Essayes or Counsels" , and , and the third edition has endured as the most popular of his many writings. Faulkner, "appeals not so much to self-expression as to self-interest, and does so by supplying enlightened ways to satisfy one's interest. A notable jurist who served as both attorney general and Lord Chancellor of England, Bacon argues in his essay "Of Revenge" that the "wild justice" of personal revenge is a fundamental challenge to the rule of law. Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong putteth the law out of office.
Francis Bacon (1561—1626)
Albans was an English lawyer, statesman, essayist, historian, intellectual reformer, philosopher, and champion of modern science. At the same time that he was founding and promoting this new project for the advancement of learning, Bacon was also moving up the ladder of state service. His career aspirations had been largely disappointed under Elizabeth I, but with the ascension of James his political fortunes rose. Knighted in , he was then steadily promoted to a series of offices, including Solicitor General , Attorney General , and eventually Lord Chancellor
Francis Bacon 28 October — 28 April was an Irish-born British  figurative painter known for his raw, unsettling imagery. Focusing on the human form, his subjects included crucifixions , portraits of popes , self-portraits, and portraits of close friends, with abstracted figures sometimes isolated in geometrical structures. Bacon said that he saw images "in series", and his work, which numbers c. His output can be broadly described as sequences or variations on single motifs; including the s Picasso -influenced bio-morphs and Furies , the s male heads isolated in rooms or geometric structures, the s "screaming popes," the mid-to-late s animals and lone figures, the early s crucifixions, the mid-to-late s portraits of friends, the s self-portraits, and the cooler, more technical s paintings.