climactic

adjective

cli·​mac·​tic klī-ˈmak-tik How to pronounce climactic (audio)
klə-
: of, relating to, or constituting a climax
the film's climactic scene
climactically adverb

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 The climactic scene takes place when Artie encounters Ann, played by Lisa. Owen Thomas, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024 Lopez also pays tribute to Singin' In the Rain with a climactic dance number featuring her, a hummingbird, and an umbrella in the stormy streets of New York City. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 Feb. 2024 Given that last weekend’s AFC Championship game delivered record ratings — 55 million viewers — the climactic game has the potential to be one of the biggest Super Bowls in years — which is, of course, exactly how the Pentagon planned it. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Jan. 2024 All these volatile elements eventually erupt in a climactic collision of those two institutions—synagogue and family—at a Shabbat dinner, a familiar site of conflict in Silver’s work. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 All of this builds to the climactic sequence where Whitney — prompted by Asher noticing that the contract has been altered, essentially to prevent him from suing anyone when the show winds up portraying him in such a negative light — decides to show him the latest cut of an episode. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 Dodin’s own understanding of this may be what spurs him to prepare, in one of the movie’s climactic sequences, not a radical, cutting-edge dish but rather a timeless one, so timeless that it will years later be declared the national dish of France. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2023 In the new film, directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. and again written by Tina Fey, Lohan pops up as the moderator of the climactic math competition that Cady (this time played by Angourie Rice) helps North Shore High to win. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 Become a Subscriber While the novel works its way up to the Arab Spring as a climactic revelation of character, the fulcrum of My Friends is one of those extraordinary events lost to history. Ben Rhodes, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of climactic was in 1747

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“Climactic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/climactic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

climactic

adjective
cli·​mac·​tic klī-ˈmak-tik How to pronounce climactic (audio)
klə-
: of, relating to, or being a climax
the movie's climactic scene

Medical Definition

climactic

adjective
cli·​mac·​tic klī-ˈmak-tik How to pronounce climactic (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a climax

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