cli·mac·tic | \klī-ˈmak-tik, klə-\

Definition of climactic 

: of, relating to, or constituting a climax the film's climactic scene

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Other Words from climactic

climactically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for climactic


apocalyptic (also apocalyptical)

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Examples of climactic in a Sentence

At the climactic moment, the main character of the novel finds herself face to face with the thief. the movie's climactic chase scene

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Even catching and unmasking a bad guy like Electro would feel anti-climactic at times—which was a core tension for Ditko’s Spider-Man that helped him stand out and become one of Marvel’s top-selling heroes shortly after his 1962 launch. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Steve Ditko’s Ordinary People," 10 July 2018 The musical element is especially flimsy, and a climactic guitar showdown at the end lands with a thud. Oliver Sava, Chicago Reader, "Only a passing el train makes Throatpunch feel real," 17 May 2018 The Emmy Award-winning series reached its Season 2 finish line on Wednesday in climactic fashion. Yvonne Villarreal,, "We talked to 'The Handmaid's Tale' showrunner Bruce Miller about that Season 2 finale," 11 July 2018 One of the film’s most upsetting (and climactic) scenes occurs against the backdrop of the mansion’s excesses. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 On many teams, that would have been a mere plot twist, not the climactic chapter. Kevin Acee,, "Lucchesi gets hit, run, loss in Diamondbacks' 3-1 win over Padres," 6 July 2018 Everyone acted so civilly this time, from LeBron James with a simple statement to the greater sports world with its anger on mute, that this latest move seemed expected more than surprising, dramatic but equally anti-climactic. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: LeBron's decision changes L.A., East ... and Heat hopes," 2 July 2018 Most significantly, at the climactic moment, Kirk can’t bring himself to let Edith die. Keith Phipps, Vox, "Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it.," 29 June 2018 After victimizing Argentine icon Lionel Messi from 12 yards in the climactic moment of Saturday’s riveting 1-1 draw, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson victimized an Argentine reporter. Brian Straus,, "Iceland Excels Playing Its Way to Secure Another Famous Point Worth Celebrating," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of climactic

1747, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of climactic

: most exciting and important : forming a climax


cli·mac·tic | \klī-ˈmak-tik \

Medical Definition of climactic 

: of, relating to, or constituting a climax

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a state of commotion or excitement

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