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climactic

[klahy-mak-tik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or coming to a climax: the climactic scene of a play.
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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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climactic

climactical (klaɪˈmæktɪkəl)

adjective
  1. consisting of, involving, or causing a climax
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Derived Formsclimactically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for climactic

adj.

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

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