anticlimax

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noun an·ti·cli·max \-ˈklī-ˌmaks\

Definition of anticlimax

  1. 1 :  the usually sudden transition in discourse from a significant idea to a trivial or ludicrous idea; also :  an instance of this transition

  2. 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.

1696

First Known Use of anticlimax

1696


ANTICLIMAX Defined for English Language Learners

anticlimax

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noun an·ti·cli·max \-ˈklī-ˌmaks\

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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