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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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 Trading Elvis for former Rangers killer Khris Davis was anti-climactic and probably the best of outcomes for all parties. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Trading Elvis Andrus was the right move, but that doesn’t mean the Rangers won’t miss him," 6 Feb. 2021 But its ringing is traditionally the climactic moment on New Year’s Eve. Washington Post, "Britain finally Brexits, and marks its moment of freedom while obeying stay-at-home orders," 31 Dec. 2020 King’s climactic showdown with his Dracula, Kurt Barlow, also runs circles around the almost anti-climax of Dracula. Jack Butler, National Review, "The Immortal Dracula," 31 Oct. 2020 Inauguration Day was supposed to be a climactic moment for believers of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that claims Donald Trump is leading a clandestine campaign against cannibalistic, deep state–dwelling pedophiles. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "We Mock QAnon at Our Own Risk," 20 Jan. 2021 The film feels too drawn out, however, during what amounts to its extended climactic sequence, in which she is invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in 2019. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'I Am Greta' chronicles the birth of Greta Thunberg's climate crusade," 12 Nov. 2020 In 2012’s Brave, Princess Merida’s mother and brothers spend critical, climactic moments as bears, which has its risks but is ultimately good for the whole family. Jason Kehe, Wired, "What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal," 18 Jan. 2021 But there are a few films that focus on the overall Christmas-through-New Year's week or prominently feature a New Year's Eve scene as part of the climactic finish. Casey Barber, CNN, "This New Year's Eve, enjoy a simple celebration at home," 30 Dec. 2020 Sophia Thomopoulos as the girl-heroine, Marie, and helping to make that climactic scene, cued to Tchaikovsky’s soaring music, as towering a transformational moment as possible on a little screen. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Nutcracker’ Reviews: Balanchine at Home for the Holidays," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of climactic

1747, in the meaning defined above

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“Climactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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