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climax

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noun cli·max \ˈklī-ˌmaks\

Definition of climax

  1. 1 :  a figure of speech in which a series of phrases or sentences is arranged in ascending order of rhetorical forcefulness

  2. 2a :  the highest point :  culmination the climax of a distinguished careerb :  the point of highest dramatic tension or a major turning point in the action (as of a play) At the novel's climax, the main character finds herself face to face with the thief.c :  orgasmd :  menopause

  3. 3 :  a relatively stable ecological stage or community especially of plants that is achieved through successful adaptation to an environment; especially :  the final stage in ecological succession the tropical rain forest is a climatic climax — P. W. Richards

climaxless

adjective

Examples of climax in a Sentence

  1. The movie's climax is a fantastic chase scene.

  2. At the novel's climax, the main character finds herself face to face with the thief.

  3. the climax of her career

  4. The protest in May was the climax of a series of demonstrations in the nation's capital.

Origin and Etymology of climax

Late Latin, from Greek klimax, literally, ladder, from klinein to lean

Synonym Discussion of climax

summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable. at the summit of the Victorian social scene peak suggests the highest among other high points. an artist working at the peak of her powers pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height. the pinnacle of worldly success climax implies the highest point in an ascending series. the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge. the apex of Dutch culture acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing. a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective. the culmination of years of effort

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climax

verb cli·max

Definition of climax

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring to a climax climaxed his boxing career with a knockout The protest in May climaxed a series of demonstrations in the nation's capital.

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to come to a climax a riot climaxing in the destruction of several houses The movie climaxes with a fantastic chase scene.

Examples of climax in a Sentence

  1. The movie climaxes with a fantastic chase scene.

  2. The May protest climaxed a series of demonstrations in the nation's capital.

Origin and Etymology of climax

see 1climax


CLIMAX Defined for English Language Learners

climax

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Definition of climax for English Language Learners

  • : the most exciting and important part of a story, play, or movie that occurs usually at or near the end

  • : the most interesting and exciting part of something : the high point

  • : the most intense point of sexual pleasure

climax

verb

Definition of climax for English Language Learners

  • : to reach the most exciting or important part in something

  • : to occur at the end as the most exciting or important part of (something)

  • : to have an orgasm


CLIMAX Defined for Kids

climax

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noun cli·max \ˈklī-ˌmaks\

Definition of climax for Students

  1. :  the most interesting, exciting, or important time or part of something a story's climax


Medical Dictionary

climax

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noun cli·max \ˈklī-ˌmaks\

Medical Definition of climax

  1. 1:  the highest or most intense point

  2. 2:  orgasm

  3. 3a:  menopause 1a(2)b:  andropause



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