culmination

noun cul·mi·na·tion \ ˌkəl-mə-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of culmination

1 : the action of culminating
2 : culminating position : climax
  • the culmination of a brilliant career
  • the culmination of years of research

Examples of culmination in a Sentence

  1. This study is the culmination of years of research.

  2. an acting performance that was seen as the culmination of a brilliant career on the stage

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Origin and Etymology of culmination

Synonym Discussion of culmination

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

CULMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

culmination

noun

Definition of culmination for English Language Learners

  • : the end or final result of something



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