Definition of crescendo
- a crescendo of excitement
- … complaints about stifling smog conditions reach a crescendo …
- —Down Beat
The noise rose to a crescendo.
their divorce was merely the formal crescendo of a long period of marital stress and estrangement
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First Known Use: 1775See Words from the same year
: a gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music
: the highest or loudest point of something that increases gradually
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