an·​ti·​cli·​mac·​tic | \ ˌan-tē-klī-ˈmak-tik, -klə-, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anticlimactic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anticlimactical \ ˌan-​tē-​klī-​ˈmak-​ti-​kəl , ˌan-​ˌtī-​ How to pronounce anticlimactic (audio) \

Definition of anticlimactic

: of, relating to, or marked by anticlimax

Other Words from anticlimactic

anticlimactically \ ˌan-​tē-​klī-​ˈmak-​ti-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌan-​ˌtī-​ How to pronounce anticlimactic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anticlimactic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything but anticlimactic, these reversals of the usual emotional direction proved powerfully tenacious. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 Many years, National Signing Day ends up being fairly anticlimactic for teams. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 15 Dec. 2021 In the most anticlimactic ending this season, everybody saved Jojo. Lynette Rice,, 2 Nov. 2021 The news brings an anticlimactic end to new inquiries into one of the most infamous lynchings in American history. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Dec. 2021 Skinner Myers’ blazing, if anticlimactic, debut on race and needed revolution. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 The misadventure ends with an almost laughably implausible action sequence, followed by a prologue that lands somewhere between thoughtfully ambiguous and anticlimactic. Kristen Baldwin,, 19 Nov. 2021 What followed was both anticlimactic and impressive: Paul refused to fade, and in fact looked somewhat revived in the later rounds, while Woodley let himself be outpunched. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 The college sports landscape has been dramatically altered since the Wildcats’ 9-16 season came to an anticlimactic end in a loss to Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament with transfer and name, image and likeness reforms. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of anticlimactic

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Anticlimactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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