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 climactically (audio) , klə-​ \ 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 Their ugliest confrontation comes still later, over directly personal matters, in a showdown meant to be climactic, though the scene’s rhythms are slightly off at SpeakEasy, diminishing its impact., "CHOIR BOY," 18 Sep. 2019 The Phoenix Joker is well on its way to catching up; already there are videos of people imitating the climactic appearance on Murray Franklin’s talk show. Christian Holub,, "Why the Joker is now a prestige film role: Opinion," 13 Jan. 2020 His climactic loop in a helicopter after blabbing about it for the first part of the movie is the equivalent of an old drunk at the bar reenacting his game-winning high school touchdown. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf once and for all," 10 Jan. 2020 The witness trailed behind the van and offered dispatchers a description of its tags and whereabouts, setting off a police chase and climactic arrest of a man who authorities say later admitted to taking the woman against her will. Washington Post, "Woman kidnapped at knifepoint is rescued from van outfitted with cages and chains, police say," 3 Jan. 2020 Finley, Sophie, and Dani live with Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), an adjunct professor who takes his love interest out on a first date with a gift card (the revelation of which is refreshingly more climactic than the disclosure of his trans identity). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "One Way the New L Word Is Deeply Modern," 15 Dec. 2019 The climactic melee at the end is the most epic The Umbrella Academy has ever gotten, and that’s saying something. Christian Holub,, "The best comics of 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 Check out the lyrics and climactic music video below. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Harry Styles' 'Adore You'," 19 Dec. 2019 There were moments when last week’s climactic meetings of the House Judiciary Committee sounded like a remake of an old highly rated television show with some of the original cast members., "Clinton’s impeachment was nail-biter. Trump’s grip on GOP means his won’t be - The Boston Globe," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of climactic

1747, in the meaning defined above

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“Climactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of climactic

: most exciting and important : forming a climax


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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