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acme

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1 the highest part or point
  • the acme of their basketball season was their hard-won victory over last year's state champs

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2 the most perfect type or example
  • a movie that has come to be regarded as the acme of the Hollywood musical

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How does the noun acme differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of acme are apex, climax, culmination, peak, pinnacle, and summit. While all these words mean "the highest point attained or attainable," acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing.

a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty

When could apex be used to replace acme?

While the synonyms apex and acme are close in meaning, apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge.

the apex of Dutch culture

When is climax a more appropriate choice than acme?

The words climax and acme are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, climax implies the highest point in an ascending series.

the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions

When is it sensible to use culmination instead of acme?

The synonyms culmination and acme are sometimes interchangeable, but culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective.

the culmination of years of effort

Where would peak be a reasonable alternative to acme?

While in some cases nearly identical to acme, peak suggests the highest among other high points.

an artist working at the peak of her powers

In what contexts can pinnacle take the place of acme?

The meanings of pinnacle and acme largely overlap; however, pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height.

the pinnacle of worldly success

When might summit be a better fit than acme?

In some situations, the words summit and acme are roughly equivalent. However, summit implies the topmost level attainable.

at the summit of the Victorian social scene

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The first known use of acme was in 1560

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“Acme.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/acme. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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