anticlimactic

adjective

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)
: of, relating to, or marked by anticlimax
anticlimactically
ˌan-tē-klī-ˈmak-ti-ti-k(ə-)lē
ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anticlimactic (audio)
adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What happened immediately after that was relatively anticlimactic. Lanna Britt, Fox News, 24 May 2023 Her return is pretty anticlimactic, which is a good thing for Paul and Micah's relationship. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2023 Coming off his dynamic 2019 season which resulted in a Most Valuable Player trophy, Jackson now joins the same company as Vick: Madden cover athletes (although Tuesday's announcement was mostly anticlimactic since Jackson's presence on the cover was revealed in April). Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 16 June 2020 The decision was anticlimactic at best, as people had geared up for an unprecedented trial process. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2023 As late as Wednesday at an anticlimactic news conference, Fisher had declined to publicly name a starter, saying all three quarterbacks were playing well. Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2022 And some Democrats found it in their interest to act as though those people represented the entire Republican Party and that was what the entire confirmation hearing was about, when, in fact, the majority of the questioning was not only normal, but also -- but kind of anticlimactic. ABC News, 27 Mar. 2022 Anything afterwards was going to be anticlimactic. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2021 As far as big skin-care splurges go, LED treatments feel somewhat anticlimactic. Sarah Wu, Glamour, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anticlimactic was in 1831

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“Anticlimactic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anticlimactic. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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