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

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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 Further, trying on too many dresses can make landing on your gown feel anticlimactic. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "When & How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—This Year and Next," 14 Dec. 2020 After the drama of the prior months, the transplant itself was anticlimactic. Ginny Graves, Good Housekeeping, "Searching for Bone Marrow Can Be Harrowing For Anyone — But It's Especially Difficult for People of Color," 17 Nov. 2020 But the Lions' defense fell apart to Nashville in the final minutes of the match, ceding the loss for an anticlimactic finish to the team’s historic season. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City falls to Nashville SC in regular-season finale," 8 Nov. 2020 Trade deadlines are also frustrating and anticlimactic when your team sits them out -- or just does something minor. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Do the Browns have to make a trade on Tuesday?," 3 Nov. 2020 Then there is the issue that the Barrett confirmation was uneventful and anticlimactic — not exactly the kind of spectacle that gets people marching in the streets. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "‘Fat and Happy’ With a Conservative Court, Are Republicans Losing a Winning Issue?," 27 Oct. 2020 The atmosphere of a stymied craving for action has its analogue in a deliberately anticlimactic sequence in Britten’s opera: the sight of a French frigate arouses a crescendo of patriotic bravado, until the wind dies and the battle goes unjoined. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Pushed to the Edge by “Beau Travail”," 20 Oct. 2020 The book’s coverage of the spy trial should have been a high point but is instead cursory and anticlimactic. Bertrand M. Patenaude, WSJ, "‘The Nazi Spy Ring in America’ Review: Hoover Was Furious," 8 Oct. 2020 Dominating all other refuse, the principal landmarks of that anticlimactic stroll were shopping carts sprawling on their sides, on their ends, even upside down, at regular intervals. Longreads, "The Ancient Waterways of Phoenix, Arizona," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of anticlimactic

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Anticlimactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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