anticlimax

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noun an·ti·cli·max \ -ˈklī-ˌmaks \

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

  1. The last chapter of the book was an anticlimax.

  2. The movie ended in anticlimax.

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First Known Use of anticlimax

1696


ANTICLIMAX Defined for English Language Learners

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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