defining moment

defin′ing mo′ment

a point at which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified.
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A defining moment is a brief experience that is unusually meaningful and memorable.
When I say defining moment, I mean it's their chance to show the things they value, what is more important to them-to hold on to their positions or to stand firm on their beliefs,' Robredo said.
This scholarly examination of the Stonewall Riots includes a plethora of information, from an extensive historical summary to biographies of the key players of this defining moment.
The Fianna Fail leader added that Northern Ireland's 56% majority 'remain' vote could be a defining moment.
CASTLEFORD coach Daryl Powell (left) is confident his players can stand the test as they reach the defining moment of their season.
It was amazing - and to get that defining moment is enough.
It was amazing and to get that defining moment is enough.
by Lalit K Jha on 26 August, 2014 - 18:38 WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): As General John Campbell assumes command of International Assistance Security Force ( ISAF ), US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday said his leadership came at a defining moment in Afghanistan.
This is a defining moment for public services in this country.
Wednesday, therefore, could be a defining moment for the coalition - but, despite it still being in its infancy, it could also be a defining week for Ed Miliband's Labour leadership.
We know this could be the defining moment in our careers," he said.