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Definition of the noun anticlimax

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noun - plural: anticlimaxes

  1. a disappointing decline after a previous rise
    • example: the anticlimax of a brilliant career
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: downfall / fall = a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
  2. a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one

Alternative definition of the noun anticlimax


  1. A break in the final crescendo or climax of a narrative, producing a disappointing end.


"Anticlimax" is a composition.


"Anticlimax": Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution is a 1990 book about the sexual revolution by Sheila Jeffreys.

  • also known as "Anticlimax: a feminist perspective on the sexual revolution"
  • language: English Language
  • genre: Politics
  • released in (25 years ago)

Phrases with Anticlimax

Phrases starting with the word Anticlimax:

  1. Anticlimax pilsbryi
  2. Anticlimax athleenae

Other phrases containing the word Anticlimax:

  1. species Anticlimax pilsbryi
  2. species Anticlimax athleenae

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Google previewWhite Death (2014)

by Robert Sheckley

CHAPTER NINETEEN Anticlimax is the one stable human condition. Action begets reaction, enthusiasm breeds boredom, tension is a prelude to flaccidity, and heroics are only possible toonewith apoormemory.

Google previewCrystals Out of Chaos (1997)

John Hawkes and the Shapes of Apocalypse by Lesley Marx

The frame for the climactic anticlimax is the conversation between Jake and Charley concerning the history of the Suslotas, 140 WOMEN'S TIME.

Google previewIdeology and Rhetoric (2009)

Constructing America by Bożenna Chylińska

The anticlimax is that the attack is in fact harmless, a celebrity pie-attack designed both as a comic subversion of the political world (“This is ...

Google previewProgressive Exercises in English Composition (1840)

by Richard Green Parker

Anticlimax is the descent from great things to small ; and is allowable only in ludicrous composition. Antithesis, Apostrophe, Analogy. See pages 58th 56th. 34th. Bathos, and Bombast. The former consists in degrading a subject ...

Google previewThe Sixteen Satires (2004)

by Juvenal

The rhetorical anticlimax is a device which Juvenal (like De Quincey in 'On Murder as One of the Fine Arts') employs to some effect: but it is hard not to feel the real and passionate animus behind examples of this sort. Juvenal flays upper -class ...

Google previewAnalytical Grammar of the English Language, Embracing the Introductive and Productive Methods of Teaching ... (1848)

And an Appendix, in Five Parts; Being a Complete System of Grammar, Containing Much New Matter Not Found in Other Grammars by Dyer Hook Sanborn

Anticlimax is the opposite of Climax, — a figure by which the ideas become gradually less important and less striking till the close of the sentence. 45. An Allusion is an expression which has reference to a well known matter of fact or of history ...

Google previewGately's Universal Educator (1886)

An Educational Cyclopaedia and Business Guide by Charles E. Beale, M. R. Gately

Anticlimax is the reverse of climax, ...

Google previewCentury Illustrated Monthly Magazine ... (1905)

Anticlimax is a brand of chewingtobacco.” “Facile, a little face.” “An autograph is a money-grabbing scheme set on foot by one man.” “Antifat and antitoxin are those new, cheap breakfast foods.” “A blizzard is something inside of a hen.

Google previewDictionary Of English Literat. (2002)

by Rajni Sehgal

Anticlimax. 1 . In literature, a drop from a high or climactic point to one much lower than expected, especially in the action of a story or play. The ending of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie is an anticlimax. 2. The effect of such a drop ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)

by Chris Baldick

anticlimax which survives in two medieval manuscript versions. In modern times, various prose anthologies have appeared, exhibiting short stories, speeches, or extracts from longer prose works of all kinds. A compiler of anthologies is an ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Media and Communication (2011)

by Daniel Chandler, Rod Munday

anticlimax (adj. anticlimactic) In *drama and *narratives, an * event or revelation that either does not...

Google previewBlumenfeld's Dictionary of Acting and Show Business (2009)

by Robert Blumenfeld

anticlimax n. 1. The disappointing, unconvincing, dissatisfying ...

Google previewDictionary of Film Terms (2006)

The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art by Frank Eugene Beaver

Anticlimax A concluding moment in a motion picture's dramatic development which fails to satisfy audience expectations.

Google previewDictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2012)

by J. A. Cuddon

anticlimax. According to Dr ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Short Story (2015)

by Abby H. P. Werlock

anticlimax. Sometimes used as an equivalent for bathos. In a second usage, however,theterm denotes a writer's intentional drop from the serious and elevated to the trivial and lowly, in order to achieve a comic or satiric effect. Entry Author: ...

Google previewChambers Universal Learners' Dictionary

anticlimax [anti'klaimaks] nr a dull or disappointing ending to a play, activity etc after increasing excitement or ...

Google previewMcGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama (1984)

An International Reference Work in 5 Volumes by Stanley Hochman, McGraw-Hill, inc

anticlimax At the close of a drama, a drop, either intentional or accidental, in the tension or excitement generated by the climax. If the anticlimax is not intended by the playwright, it represents a serious flaw in the structure ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

anticlimax (an-tī-KLĪ-maks) n. An anticlimax is a weak or disappointing outcome or turn of events where a climax is expected (see climactic). Y2K (the name given at the end of the last century to the possibility that computer operating systems ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

anticlimax An unexpected slide from noble, grand feelings to the trivial, especially during a passage of mounting intensity (CLIMAX) .

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Scrabble value of A1N1T1I1C3L1I1M3A1X8

The value of this 10-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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