cul·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌkəl-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce culmination (audio) \

Definition of culmination

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

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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

Examples of culmination in a Sentence

This study is the culmination of years of research. an acting performance that was seen as the culmination of a brilliant career on the stage

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The murder, for which Gypsy is now serving a ten-year prison sentence, was the culmination of her efforts to free herself from her mother's toxic influence. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prepare for your next true crime obsession.," 8 Mar. 2019 The Paris event Radziwill attended was the culmination of a series of anniversary celebrations. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Lee Radziwill Become the Ultimate Fashion Muse," 19 Feb. 2019 The new album by rapper and teaching artist Matt Muse is the culmination of three years of self-reflection, editing and an abundance of self-love. Britt Julious,, "Matt Muse goes the self-love route on his latest, 'Nappy Talk'," 28 June 2018 His appearance, which was expected to last several hours, was a dramatic culmination of months of controversy over how Facebook allowed its medium to be misused during the 2016 presidential election. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Mark Zuckerberg Tells Congress He's Sorry," 10 Apr. 2018 The game was a culmination of over a week's worth of practice by 170 players, all of whom paid to partake in the experience. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "How did Johnny Manziel do in his Spring League debut? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Apr. 2018 These court developments are the culmination of complaints about Nassar that, according to lawsuits, victims and their family members started voicing back in the mid-1990s. Alex Putterman, The Atlantic, "The Sex-Abuse Victims America Ignored," 24 Jan. 2018 For von Braun, this first launch, dubbed Apollo 4, was the culmination of a lifetime spent in pursuit of the stars. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, tells The Verge that the DOJ’s recent loss is simply the culmination of a several-decade decline in meaningful antitrust enforcement in America. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of culmination

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for culmination

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English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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