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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.


"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)


Anticlimax is a genus of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Tornidae within the superfamily Truncatelloidea.

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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for anticlimax

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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 previewProgressive exercises in English grammar, part III (1841)

containing the rules of orthography and punctuation, the principles of etymology and the prosody of the English language, with an appendix ... by Richard Green Parker, Charles Fox

Anticlimax is the reverse of Climax. It is the descent from great things to small ; or from dignified to mean expressions ; and is allowable only in ludicrous compositions. Thus : " And thou Dalhousie ! the great god of war, Lieutenant Colonel to ...

Google previewCollectible Investments for the High Net Worth Investor (2009)

by Stephen Satchell

The most common cause of such an anticlimax is that people are torn between two competing emotions, ...

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 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. An abruptlapsefrom growing intensityto triviality in any passage of dramatic, narrative, or descriptive writing, with the effect of disappointed expectation ordeflated suspense. Where the effect is unintentionally feeble or ridiculous it is ...

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, 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 previewMcGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama (1984)

An International Reference Work in 5 Volumes

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 previewChambers Universal Learners' Dictionary

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

Google previewAlberta Elders' Cree Dictionary (1998)

by Nancy LeClaire, Harold Cardinal, Emily Hunter

anticlimax ka sisikoc pomiyehtamihk. anticolonialism ekd kawicetamihk oyasiwewin. antidote maskihke kanakinkakehk piscipowin; piscipowin natawehowin. antifreeze nipoy ekd ka ahkwatihk. antihero ekd ka napekasohk. antimony kikway ...

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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