(Of an action, event, or scene) exciting or thrilling and acting as a climax to a series of events: the film’s climactic scenes
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- 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.
Climactic and climatic are very similar in spelling and are often confused. Climactic means ‘forming a climax,’ as in the movie’s climactic scene, while climatic means ‘relating to climate,’ as in prevailing climatic conditions.
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- 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.