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

Definition of climactic in English:


Acting as a culmination or resolution to a series of events; forming an exciting climax: the film’s climactic scenes
More example sentences
  • She appeared in more than a few slasher movies, always the young heroine who outsmarts the killer in a climactic final chase scene.
  • And the final climactic emotional moment is cringe inducing rather than searingly moving.
  • The World Cup is one coherent drama with developing conflict, mounting tension and a climactic resolution.
final, culminating, ending, finishing, closing, concluding, ultimate;
exciting, thrilling, stirring, action-packed, gripping, riveting, dramatic, hair-raising;
crucial, decisive, deciding, critical, momentous


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


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 meansrelating to climate’, as in prevailing climatic conditions.



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.

Words that rhyme with climactic

anaphylactic, ataractic, autodidactic, chiropractic, didactic, galactic, lactic, prophylactic, syntactic, tactic

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