It was a grand climacteric in the life of humanity--an epoch in the moral and religious history of the world.
He is now three-and-thirty, which is the grand climacteric of a young drunkard.
Tis true Mrs. Margery was now about her grand climacteric; no matter: that is just the age when we expect to grow younger.
The effects on the character of this 'grand climacteric' are often marked.
Perhaps Strindberg has reached the grand climacteric and may give us less disturbing masterpieces.
And the grand climacteric of the Ancients at nine times seven 63.
The next year , in which Cato came upon the stage, was the grand climacteric of Addison's reputation.
He presently began asking certain questions about the grand climacteric, which eventful period of life he was fast approaching.
I am now in my grand climacteric, and shall not complete it.
This happened in the depth of winter, when I was in my grand climacteric, and had just recovered of a dangerous disease.
c.1600 (adj.), 1620s (n.), from Latin climactericus, from Greek klimakterikos "of a critical period," from klimakter "rung of a ladder" (see climax (n.)). A critical stage in human life, a period supposed to be especially liable to change. By some, held to be the years that are multiples of 7 (7, 14, 21, etc.), by others only the odd multiples (7, 21, 35, etc.), and by still others the multiples of 9. The Great Climacteric was the 63rd year (7x9), supposed to be especially critical.
climacteric cli·mac·ter·ic (klī-māk'tər-ĭk, klī'māk-těr'ĭk)
A period of life characterized by physiological and psychic change that marks the end of the reproductive capacity of women and terminates with the completion of menopause.
A corresponding period sometimes occurring in men that may be marked by a reduction in sexual activity, although fertility is retained.