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 anticlimactical (audio) \

Definition of anticlimactic

: of, relating to, or marked by anticlimax

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Other Words from anticlimactic

anticlimactically \ ˌan-​tē-​klī-​ˈmak-​ti-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌan-​ˌtī-​ How to pronounce anticlimactically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anticlimactic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, the Nominations Review Committee—which determines the final noms in the Big Four categories—may decide that the film was so heavily recognized on multiple award shows a year ago that a nom here would seem anticlimactic. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Will 'Lover' Put Taylor Swift Back in the Album of the Year Grammy Finals?," 27 Aug. 2019 The family ends up in Kansas, which feels anticlimactic, but magically, these pages are the book’s best, featuring reporting and personal reflection and a section on faith that might be the start of a next big project. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: What a family learned by ditching their smartphone-addicted lives to roam the world," 31 Aug. 2019 That one is going to have a hard time being anything but anticlimactic. Chuck Yarborough,, "Dwayne Johnson taps his heritage and a gift for trash-talking for hilarious ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’," 31 July 2019 Sometimes this ease can work against him: Durant’s dominance looks anticlimactic, and his highlights hardly even scan as highlights. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "Why Do Sports Fans Watch — And Rewatch — Injury Footage?," 3 July 2019 But what wasn't predictable was the incredibly anticlimactic, perfunctory way that Dany went out, being stabbed through the heart by Jon in the middle of a tender embrace with almost no meaningful final dialogue whatsoever. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Have a Lot of Feelings About Daenerys Targaryen's Ending," 20 May 2019 Yesterday’s announcement of the merger of Viacom and CBS was anticlimactic. David Meyer, Fortune, "ViacomCBS Bargaining Power: CEO Daily," 14 Aug. 2019 Historians may recall this week for Robert Mueller’s anticlimactic testimony on Capitol Hill. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and the G.O.P. Confirm Their Fiscal Conservatism Was a Sham," 26 July 2019 Eventually, Nadal pushed a backhand long on match point No. 5, bringing an anticlimactic close to the otherwise classic contest and allowing Federer to win their semifinal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. Howard Fendrich,, "Eleven years after epic, Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semis," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of anticlimactic

1831, in the meaning defined above

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