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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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climactical (klaɪˈmæktɪkəl)


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


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Word Origin and History for climactic

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

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