- an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected.
- a descent in power, quality, dignity, etc.; a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion: After serving as president, he may find life in retirement an anticlimax.
- a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks: We were amused by the anticlimax of the company's motto: “For God, for country, and for Acme Gasworks.”
Origin of anticlimax
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Examples from the Web for anticlimax
For Chávez, the end of the campaign was an anticlimax, and for Capriles, the pinnacle of his political career.Could Hugo Chávez Really Lose Venezuela’s Election?
October 6, 2012
Even as she bowed, there came a swift realization that she was facing no anticlimax.The Dominant Strain
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If there was to be much more of anything, it must have been of anticlimax.Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
G. K. Chesterton
After what he had been through, the Black Mass was necessarily an anticlimax.The Status Civilization
It would have been seeking an anticlimax to solicit any more in the building.The Promised Land
It was an anticlimax which made her almost hysterical to contemplate.Antony Gray,--Gardener
- a disappointing or ineffective conclusion to a series of events, etc
- a sudden change from a serious subject to one that is disappointing or ludicrous
- rhetoric a descent in discourse from the significant or important to the trivial, inconsequential, etc
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Word Origin and History for anticlimax
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