junction, juncture
A junction is a point at which two or more things are joined, and usually refers to physical objects. It has the special meaning of ‘a point at which roads or railway lines meet or cross’. Juncture occurs principally in the expression at this juncture, which properly denotes a coincidence of events producing a critical or dramatic moment but in practice tends to mean simply ‘at this moment, now’:

• The United States came to Vietnam at a critical juncture of Vietnamese history —F. Fitzgerald, 1972

• Liz hoped that at this juncture Shirley would go to bed —Margaret Drabble, 1987.

• It is vital, at this juncture, that the government does not give in to bullying by arms companies —Morning Star, 2007.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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