climactic

[ klahy-mak-tik ]
/ klaɪˈmæk tɪk /

adjective

pertaining to or coming to a climax: the climactic scene of a play.

Nearby words

  1. cliffside park,
  2. cliffy,
  3. clift,
  4. clifton,
  5. climacteric,
  6. climant,
  7. climatal,
  8. climate,
  9. climate canary,
  10. climate change

Also cli·mac·ti·cal.

Origin of climactic

1870–75; from climax, perhaps on model of syntax, syntactic

Related formscli·mac·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·cli·mac·tic, adjectivenon·cli·mac·ti·cal, adjectiveun·cli·mac·tic, adjective

Can be confusedclimactic climatic

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British Dictionary definitions for climactic

climactic

climactical (klaɪˈmæktɪkəl)

/ (klaɪˈmæktɪk) /

adjective

consisting of, involving, or causing a climax
Derived Formsclimactically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for climactic

climactic

adj.

"pertaining to a climax," 1832, from climax, apparently on the analogy of syntax/syntactic. Related: Climactical.

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