an·​ti·​cli·​mac·​tic | \-klī-ˈmak-tik, -klə-\
variants: or less commonly anticlimactical \ -​ti-​kəl \

Definition of anticlimactic 

: of, relating to, or marked by anticlimax

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Other Words from anticlimactic

anticlimactically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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 How Louisville can beat Alabama This is going to be an anticlimactic start. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Alabama," 2 July 2018 With no faux-hostage situation, Jordan’s signing with the Mavs feels a little anticlimactic this time. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Grades: DeAndre Jordan is Finally A Dallas Maverick," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of anticlimactic

1831, in the meaning defined above

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