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climacteric

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of climacteric

  1. of, relating to, or being a major turning point <as the war reached its climacteric phase, the atrocities dramatically increased, both in number and brutality> Synonyms apocalyptic (also apocalyptical), climacticRelated Words apical, apogean, crestal, crowning, culminating, high, highest, meridian; critical, crossover, crucial, fateful, life-and-death (also life-or-death), vital; cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), earthshaking, epochal, momentous; deciding, decisive, payoff, pivotal, watershed; go-no-go, make-or-breakNear Antonyms anticlimactic (also anticlimactical); inconsequential, indecisive, insignificant, noncritical, trivial, unimportant




climacteric

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of climacteric

  1. a point in a chain of events at which an important change (as in one's fortunes) occurs <historians attempting to pinpoint the Roman Empire's climacteric, that precise moment when it began its long downhill slide> Synonyms turning point, climax, corner, landmark, milepost, milestone, watershedRelated Words break, capper, clincher, crusher, highlight, topper; conversion, metamorphosis, transfiguration, transformation, turnabout, turnaround; boiling point, breaking point, clutch, conjuncture, crisis, crossroad(s), crunch, crunch time, Dunkirk, emergency, exigency, extremity, flash point, head, juncture, zero hour




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