anticlimax

noun an·ti·cli·max \ -ˈklī-ˌmaks \
Updated on: 5 Apr 2018

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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