- pertaining to or coming to a climax: the climactic scene of a play.
Origin of climactic
Related Words for climacticdecisive, crowning, critical, crucial, culminating, peak, supreme, climatical
Examples from the Web for climactic
Contemporary Examples of climactic
When he chooses to cap a climactic chase seen with yet another baffling fall, we feel cheated.Tim Winton's Beautiful, Baffling 'Eyrie'
August 18, 2014
At a climactic moment in the scene, Wilson realizes his cousin Ruggles is of mixed race.The Devil and Woodrow Wilson: An Interview With Joyce Carol Oates
March 19, 2013
We're now heading into the climactic weekend of the election.A Pre-Election Challenge for 'Real' Conservatives
November 2, 2012
The tale begins at the climactic moment of the take-over, and somehow the suspense keeps on rising with every passing sequence.What Ben Affleck’s 'Argo' Misses About Iran
October 27, 2012
Watch the most memorable moments, from his attacks on the GOP to a climactic rallying cry.7 Best Moments From Obama’s DNC Speech (Video)
Jake Heller, Nina Strochlic
September 7, 2012
Historical Examples of climactic
The silence lengthened until it became acute, epochal, climactic.The Shadow
Every feature had been mapped—every climactic condition recorded.Futuria Fantasia, Summer 1939
The next step, perhaps the climactic one of the series, was longer in coming .More Portmanteau Plays
Climactic of all the riders rode the cowboy, who lived with horse and herd.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest
J. Frank Dobie
The climactic motive of the sea acclaiming the rising sun is there, but reversed.
- consisting of, involving, or causing a climax
Word Origin and History for climactic
"pertaining to a climax," 1832, from climax, apparently on the analogy of syntax/syntactic. Related: Climactical.