Definition of anticlimax
1 : the usually sudden transition in discourse from a significant idea to a trivial or ludicrous idea; also : an instance of this transition
2 : an event, period, or outcome that is strikingly less important or dramatic than expected
Examples of anticlimax in a Sentence
The last chapter of the book was an anticlimax.
The movie ended in anticlimax.
Recent Examples of anticlimax from the Web
James Comey’s first post-FBI appearance in front of the Senate on Thursday turned out to be a political anticlimax, with no major revelations about the alleged Trump-Russia nexus or the President’s supposed attempt to derail the investigation.
After a rousing celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 last year, the question naturally followed: How could the 101st version of the legendary race be more than an anticlimax?
Just bust a move QUICK, READ THIS BEFORE NEWS BREAKS!We say, with some fear of sudden and urgent correction, that today marks something of an anticlimax.
Whatever comes now is destined to be an anticlimax.
Whatever Ranieri did this season would have felt like an anticlimax.
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Definition of anticlimax for English Language Learners
: something that is much less exciting or dramatic than it was expected to be : a dull or disappointing ending or result
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