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Definition of anticlimax

What does anticlimax mean?


  1. a disappointing decline after a previous rise
    • example: the anticlimax of a brilliant career
    • 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


  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...

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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 previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

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

An anticlimax can be intentionally employed only for n jocular or satiric purpose. It frequently partake: of the nature of antithesis, as— ' “ Die and endow a coaege or a out." It is often difficult to distinguish between “anticlimax” and " bathos "; but  ...

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Erotic Literature (2006)

by Gaëtan Brulotte, John Phillips

This isthe esthetic of anticlimax that in Chinese painting, poetry,and music is called “blandness” ( pingdan).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas Seashells: Identification, Ecology, Distribution, and History (2010)

by John Wesley Tunnell

171 pilrbryi, Anticlimax (Cupola Vitrinella), 153 pilsbryi, Megalomp/oalas (Pilsbry's Macromphaline), ...

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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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