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

Definition of anticlimactic

: of, relating to, or marked by anticlimax

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Other Words from anticlimactic

anticlimactically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anticlimactically (audio) \ adverb

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This is absolutely not to say that any version of a miscarriage—with symptoms, without symptoms, climactic, anticlimactic—is more or less traumatic than another. Nadine Jolie Courtney, SELF, "Everything I Thought I Knew About Miscarriages Changed When I Had Two ‘Silent’ Ones," 22 Apr. 2019 And so the official launch of Waymo's driverless taxi service is likely to be another anticlimactic event. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s excruciatingly gradual launch process, explained," 31 Oct. 2018 To progressives this is disconcerting—anticlimactic. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "We’ve Grown Accustomed to Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 Frazer Harrison/Getty Images The 2018 Emmys were at once enthralling and utterly anticlimactic. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 The moment when Jo discovers the truth registers as anticlimactic, however. Don Aucoin,, "Strutting their stuff in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 May 2018 Since joining Golden State, Kevin Durant's free agency has been as anticlimactic as the Warriors' title pursuits. Rob Mahoney,, "Kevin Durant Cuts Warriors a Break by Reportedly Wishing to Re-Sign to Team-Friendly Contract," 30 June 2018 The incident, however, was a bit anticlimactic as the players met on the field to exchange enraged words with each other without leading to a full-on baseball brawl. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Rays and Nationals had a bench-clearing incident over pitcher's 3-week-old grudge," 26 June 2018 The Phoenix Suns got a chance to inhale on Tuesday night, as this year’s oft-anticlimactic but ever-consequential draft lottery went down in Chicago for the first time. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.0: Projecting All 60 Picks After Phoenix's Landmark Lottery Win," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of anticlimactic

1831, in the meaning defined above

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