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

Examples of anticlimactic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The awards ended with the bang of Oppenheimer winning Best Picture, along with the anticlimactic whimper of Al Pacino not seeming to care. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 Jeff Probst says there is 'more blood to spill' in the Survivor 46 finale Of course, putting a stage in after a puzzle can be dramatically dangerous because if someone is way ahead of everyone else, then that final stage becomes super anticlimactic. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 23 May 2024 The Roots’ set was so fiery and meticulously constructed to achieve dynamic tension and release that the following sets by Southern blues-rocker Marcus King and indie-folk-rockers Mt. Joy, while well-played, were anticlimactic. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 The anticlimactic end to Golden State’s season is still fresh. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 18 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for anticlimactic 

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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