UK [ˌæntɪˈklaɪmæks] / US [ˌæntɪˈklaɪˌmæks] noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "anticlimax":
singular anticlimax plural anticlimaxes
something that is not as exciting as you expected it to be so that you feel disappointed

The day had proved something of an anticlimax.

Derived word:
UK [ˌæntɪklaɪˈmæktɪk] / US adjective

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • anticlimax — anticlímax s. n., pl. anticlímaxe Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  ANTICLIMÁX s.n. Gradaţie (2) descendentă. ♦ Opoziţie într un context a două gradaţii, una ascendentă şi alta descendentă. [< fr. anticlimax, cf. gr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • anticlímax — (plural anticlímax) sustantivo masculino 1. Área: retórica Figura retórica que consiste en la gradación descendente de las ideas. 2. Área: retórica Punto más bajo de la gradación descendente. 3 …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Anticlimax — An ti*cli max, n. (Rhet.) A sentence in which the ideas fall, or become less important and striking, at the close; the opposite of climax. It produces a ridiculous effect. Note: Example: Next comes Dalhousie, the great god of war, Lieutenant… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anticlimax — (n.) the addition of a particular which suddenly lowers the effect, 1701, from ANTI (Cf. anti ) + CLIMAX (Cf. climax) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anticlimax —    anticlìmax    (s.m. o s.f.) Attenuazione progressiva delle idee comunicate da una serie di parole. Corrisponde ad un climax discendente o grada­zione discendente ed è l opposto del climax ascendente.    Es.: E mi dicono, Dormi /mi cantano,… …   Dizionario di retorica par stefano arduini & matteo damiani

  • anticlimax — [n] ineffective conclusion bathos, comedown, decline, descent, disappointment, drop, letdown, slump; concepts 230,674 Ant. climax …   New thesaurus

  • anticlímax — 1. m. Gradación retórica descendente. 2. Término más bajo de esta gradación. 3. Momento en que desciende o se relaja la tensión después del clímax …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • anticlimax — ► NOUN ▪ a disappointing end to an exciting series of events. DERIVATIVES anticlimactic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • anticlimax — [an΄tiklī′maks΄] n. 1. a sudden drop from the dignified or important in thought or expression to the commonplace or trivial, sometimes for humorous effect 2. a descent, as in a series of events, which is in ludicrous or disappointing contrast to… …   English World dictionary

  • Anticlimax — L anticlimax (substantif masculin), du grec anti ( contre, opposé ) et climax ( point culminant ), est une figure de style consistant en une gradation de termes négatifs et opposés à ceux évoqués lors d une première gradation de termes positifs.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • anticlimax — n. an anticlimax to (everything was an anticlimax to winning an Olympic gold medal) * * * [ˌæntɪ klaɪmæks] an anticlimax to (everything was an anticlimax to winning an Olympic gold medal) …   Combinatory dictionary

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