cli·​mac·​tic | \ klī-ˈmak-tik How to pronounce climactic (audio) , klə- \

Definition of climactic

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

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climactically \ klī-​ˈmak-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce climactic (audio) , klə-​ \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In an interview published Tuesday by the Guardian, Hwang defended the climactic conclusion of the South Korean survival drama after James was caught on camera expressing his dissatisfaction with the final cliffhanger. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 At one particularly climactic moment, Mayberry, clad in a green dress/tutu combo and black, heeled combat boots, covered her arms in the blood of her enemies. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2022 Teller cemented himself as a leading man after his ferociously spellbinding climactic drumming performance at the end of the award-winning 2014 film, holding his own on-screen with a heavyweight like Simmons. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 9 June 2022 Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel. Genesis Malone, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2022 The depiction of the climactic duel is much more extensive yet no less generalized and anecdotal. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2021 It’s an act of violence, as brutal as the climactic duel that Scott choreographs for maximum human carnage. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 Which is why the climactic duel is so enjoyable: The audience hates both contestants. Kyle Smith, National Review, 13 Oct. 2021 In the climactic scene, the track’s pounding percussion adds to the adrenaline rush while Bush’s commanding vocals give it emotional weight. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 29 May 2022 See More

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1747, in the meaning defined above

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cli·​mac·​tic | \ klī-ˈmak-tik How to pronounce climactic (audio) \

Medical Definition of climactic

: of, relating to, or constituting a climax

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