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[ an-tee-klahy-mak-tik, -kluh-, an-tahy- ]


  1. of, like, pertaining to, or expressing anticlimax.

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  • anti·cli·macti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of anticlimactic1

First recorded in 1895–1900; anti + climactic

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Example Sentences

The final four serialized installments converge upon a “Cereal Convention,” where the story’s key players gather amid smugly whimsical murderers that underscore the show’s penchant for derivative gore and anticlimactic resolutions.

More than anything, the episode felt sparse, anticlimactic, and unfinished—three things a finale should never be—too attenuated by the loss of too many original SATC cast members to stand on its own.

From Time

The Greens reached nearly 15 percent of the vote, a real expansion of their representation in parliament, but it felt a bit anticlimactic for the party after it once led the race.

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Along with the sparse, anticlimactic but occasionally transcendent Tokyo Olympics, the past month’s best programming has gone hard on sun and fun.

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The 2021 Oscars, like the year they celebrated, were destined to be the most anticlimactic ever Scott Rudin’s bad behavior was just another Hollywood cliche until a new generation said time’s up

And the report is anticlimactic in political terms because the damage has been done.

Politically, this new report “clearing” Chris Christie is anticlimactic and largely irrelevant.

It would be disappointing and anticlimactic in the extreme if they broker a deal at this meeting they're having tonight at 6:00.

The song was an anticlimactic ending to a shareholder meeting that had initially promised fireworks.

The rest of the debate was only anticlimactic by comparison.

The rest of the tests, you can imagine, were almost anticlimactic.

His polished spear, when he stood it beside him, was almost anticlimactic.

And all the journey back to Darth was as anticlimactic as that.