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Definition of "anticlimax" []

  • A decline viewed in disappointing contrast with a previous rise: the anticlimax of a brilliant career. (noun)
  • Something trivial or commonplace that concludes a series of significant events: After a week of dramatic negotiations, all that followed was anticlimax. (noun)
  • A sudden descent in speaking or writing from the impressive or significant to the ludicrous or inconsequential, or an instance of it: "Waggish non-Yale men never seem weary of calling 'for God, for Country and for Yale' the outstanding single anticlimax in the English language” ( Time). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anticlimax" in a sentence
  • "Any event stages or sponsored by them is gonna be an exercise in anticlimax, no matter what."
  • "I think this is what you might call an anticlimax."
  • "I can't agree at all that the finale was any kind of anticlimax though!"