The grand climacteric

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The grand climacteric the sixty-third year, supposed to be a critical period for men
    • ***

Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. klimaktērklimax, a ladder.

Usage

In literature:

He is now three-and-thirty, which is the grand climacteric of a young drunkard.
"Isaac Bickerstaff" by Richard Steele
The next year (1713), in which Cato came upon the stage, was the grand climacteric of Addison's reputation.
"Lives of the Poets: Addison, Savage, and Swift" by Samuel Johnson
What is the Grand Climacteric?
"The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc
He is now three and thirty, which is the grand climacteric of a young drunkard.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
His figure and physiognomical expression bespoke a rapid approach to the grand climacteric of human life.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The effects on the character of this 'grand climacteric' are often marked.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Physicians speak in a physiological sense of the grand climacteric of a man's age.
"How to See a Play" by Richard Burton
The age of fifty, I take it, is the grand Climacteric of the London Merchant.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant
***