Definition of anticlimax in English:


Line breaks: anti|cli¦max
Pronunciation: /antɪˈklʌɪmaks


  • A disappointing end to an exciting or impressive series of events: the rest of the journey was an anticlimax by comparison [mass noun]: a sense of anticlimax and incipient boredom
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    • Of course, he was eventually to read the novel in its original Spanish, but as he was to describe it, the experience was a disappointing anticlimax.
    • This film feels like nothing more than a series of anticlimaxes wrapped within one large anticlimax.
    • I would not understand until later that Marshall was letting me in on a little secret about how history is made: through a series of anticlimaxes.
    let-down, disappointment, comedown, non-event; disillusionment; bathos; British damp squib
    informal washout, not what it was cracked up to be



Pronunciation: /-ˈmaktɪk/
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  • I find the Protestant understanding of the Eucharist very disappointing and anticlimactic.
  • Whatever the reason, I felt anticlimactic and slightly disappointed.
  • Unfortunately, this is the show's high point, the finale of an amusing first act swiftly followed by an anticlimactic second.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmaktɪk(ə)li/
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  • Grove concludes, however, rather anticlimactically, ‘yesterday, Peterson and Holbrooke assured me that they're just old friends who love to trash-talk each other.’
  • The show ended rather anticlimactically with a really long reggae jam.
  • The platform party scampered off, and that, anticlimactically, was it for another year.

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