anticlimax


an·ti·cli·max

noun \-ˈklī-ˌmaks\

: something that is much less exciting or dramatic than it was expected to be : a dull or disappointing ending or result

Full Definition of ANTICLIMAX

1
:  the usually sudden transition in discourse from a significant idea to a trivial or ludicrous idea; also :  an instance of this transition
2
:  an event, period, or outcome that is strikingly less important or dramatic than expected

Examples of ANTICLIMAX

  1. The last chapter of the book was an anticlimax.
  2. The movie ended in anticlimax.

First Known Use of ANTICLIMAX

1696

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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