- a figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity.
- the last term or member of this figure.
verb (used with or without object)
- climax community,
- climb down,
- climb indicator,
- climb on the bandwagon
Origin of climax
Examples from the Web for climax
And it is that climax where the book and the film diverge the most, and which will probably upset the most people.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans|Kevin Fallon|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
[Laughs] I should have said, “Well, this is certainly a climax!”Allison Janney’s Incredible ‘Double O’ and That ‘Masters of Sex’ Love Scene|Jason Lynch|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But then, as the song reaches its climax, the Marines explode.Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters|Aaron B. O’Connell|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the climax of the play, Willy Loman ruefully tells his two sons that he was fired that day from his job.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison|Jason Berry|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You show us as much as you want, from meeting your partner to the climax.‘Love & Air Sex’: A Rowdy Film that Demystifies the Kinky Air Sex Championships|Chris Trew|February 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During this interlude (though it only occupied five seconds) the main combat below reached its climax.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
The settlement of affairs should immediately be brought to a climax.The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis|Karl Nordlund
Toward morning the paroxysms appeared to reach a climax and then to subside.'Me-Smith'|Caroline Lockhart
Its climax came in January, 1830, in the remarkable contest between Webster and Hayne, above described.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century|Charles Morris
They all realized that there was imminent a climax unforeseen by all––all but the Judge; and he was too blind with rage to see.Once to Every Man|Larry Evans
Word Origin for climax
1580s, in the rhetorical sense (a chain of reasoning in graduating steps from weaker to stronger), from Late Latin climax (genitive climacis), from Greek klimax "propositions rising in effectiveness," literally "ladder," from root of klinein "to slope," from PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)).
The rhetorical meaning evolved in English through "series of steps by which a goal is achieved," to "escalating steps," to (1789) "high point of intensity or development," a usage credited by the OED to "popular ignorance." The meaning "sexual orgasm" is recorded by 1880 (also in terms such as climax of orgasm), said to have been promoted from c.1900 by birth-control pioneer Marie Stopes (1880-1958) and others as a more accessible word than orgasm (n.).
1835, "to reach the highest point," from climax (n.). Related: Climaxed; climaxing.