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Definition of the noun anticlimax

What does anticlimax mean as a name of something?

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.

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


"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 (24 years ago)

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Google previewIllustrated Lessons in Composition and Rhetoric (1912)

by Erle Elsworth Clippinger

An anticlimax is a series of expressions arranged in the order of decreasing strength or importance. Anticlimax is to be considered an error in discourse unless it is used purposely to degrade the subject or to produce a humorous effect.

Google previewSouth African Law Journal (1887)

The anticlimax is that the Blackstone Publishing Company of Philadelphia are republishing on this continent a selection from the great legal text books of England, with great promptitude, and at prices NOTES.

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 previewEncyclopedia of the American Short Story, 2-Volume Set, Third Edition

by EPUB 2-3

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 previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain (2013)

by J.R. LeMaster, James D. Wilson

sudden anticlimax, incongruity, burlesque and parody, the poker-faced exaggeration of the tall tale ...

Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012)

Fourth Edition by Stephen Cushman, Clare Cavanagh, Jahan Ramazani, Paul Rouzer

“Lower” in this context concerns the ideas or objects referred to and, as such, restricts the phenomenon to semantic anticlimax, frequently quoted examples of which include Alexander Pope's series of anticlimaxes from The Rape of the Lock : ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

A Anacreontics Андреем, Ancren Riwle Anecdote Atnglo-Norman Literaure Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Anthology ' Anticlimax мини-о 110 Antithes s . antonomasia Aphorism Apologue Apophthegm Aposio esis Aposti Archaism Arthur Arthurian ...

Google previewMcGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama (1984)

An International Reference Work in 5 Volumes by Stanley Hochman

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 previewThe Notre Dame Football Encyclopedia (2013)

4th Edition by Michael R. Steele

Perhapsthe gameitself was abitof an anticlimax, especially after the FSU highand the USC low, and all the distractions withdiscipline problems. Nevertheless, theIrish came out on theirfirst twopossessions and lookedprettysharp, withNC State ...

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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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