Definition of climactic in English:

climactic

Line breaks: cli|mac¦tic
Pronunciation: /klʌɪˈmaktɪk
 
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adjective

Derivatives

climactically

adverb
More example sentences
  • When they converge in the middle to symbolise the cross, mood changes from meditative to climactically vehement.
  • Here the scale and repeated notes from bar 4 climactically return.
  • But not so in opera, where legato in a favourite aria can still an audience and then climactically bring it to its feet over the full spectrum of human emotions.

Origin

late 19th century: formed irregularly from climax + -ic, probably influenced by climacteric.

Usage

Climactic and climatic are very similar in spelling and are often confused. Climactic means ‘forming a climax’, as in the film’s climactic scene , while climatic means ‘relating to climate’, as in prevailing climatic conditions .

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