noun cli·max \ˈklī-ˌmaks\

: the most exciting and important part of a story, play, or movie that occurs usually at or near the end

: the most interesting and exciting part of something : the high point

: the most intense point of sexual pleasure

Full Definition of CLIMAX

:  a figure of speech in which a series of phrases or sentences is arranged in ascending order of rhetorical forcefulness
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 (as of a play)
c :  orgasm
d :  menopause
:  a relatively stable ecological stage or community especially of plants that is achieved through successful adaptation to an environment; especially :  the final stage in ecological succession
cli·max·less adjective

Examples of CLIMAX

  1. The movie's climax is a fantastic chase scene.
  2. At the novel's climax, the main character finds herself face to face with the thief.
  3. the climax of her career
  4. The protest in May was the climax of a series of demonstrations in the nation's capital.

Origin of CLIMAX

Late Latin, from Greek klimax, literally, ladder, from klinein to lean
First Known Use: circa 1550

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany



: to reach the most exciting or important part in something

: to occur at the end as the most exciting or important part of (something)

: to have an orgasm

Full Definition of CLIMAX

transitive verb
:  to bring to a climax <climaxed his boxing career with a knockout>
intransitive verb
:  to come to a climax <a riot climaxing in the destruction of several houses>

Examples of CLIMAX

  1. The movie climaxes with a fantastic chase scene.
  2. The May protest climaxed a series of demonstrations in the nation's capital.

First Known Use of CLIMAX



noun cli·max \ˈklī-ˌmaks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLIMAX

:  the highest or most intense point
:  orgasm
a :  menopause 1a(2) b :  andropause


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