anticlimax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anticlimax a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    • n anticlimax a disappointing decline after a previous rise "the anticlimax of a brilliant career"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anticlimax (Rhet) A sentence in which the ideas fall, or become less important and striking, at the close; -- the opposite of climax. It produces a ridiculous effect.Example:Next comes Dalhousie, the great god of war, Lieutenant-colonel to the Earl of Mar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anticlimax A figure or fault of style, consisting in an abrupt descent from stronger to weaker expressions, or from the mention of more important to that of less important things: opposed to climax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anticlimax an-ti-klīm′aks the opposite of climax: a sentence in which the ideas become less important towards the close: also of any descent as against a previous rise
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anti, against, and Climax.

Usage

In literature:

Following upon this unprecedented scene, SEELY'S personal statement inevitably partook of character of anticlimax.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 8, 1914" by Various
The fact of victory was an anticlimax.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
But we began at the top; and when you have seen the best there is, everything else is anticlimax.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
It was not till a good many hours later that the anticlimax of the recent situation struck Trix.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
There was anticlimax in Bear Cat after the guns had ceased to boom.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
It seemed to him that speech would be an anticlimax.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
As a result, the incident fell flatter than the anticlimax of a melodrama played to empty seats.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
For Jason, the whole thing seemed an anticlimax.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
For the anticlimax, in descending from the legislation of men to the government of children, no apology is attempted.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
He had prophesied that after the Water Gap the rest of the trip would be an anticlimax.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
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In news:

An Anticlimax We Should Appreciate.
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