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Syllabification: cli·max
Pronunciation: /ˈklīˌmaks

Definition of climax in English:


1The most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex: the climax of her speech a thrilling climax to the game
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  • He used the word ‘journey’ again and again especially as the speech reached its climax.
  • On this note, this year's Arab summit ritual reached its climax.
  • Glover also provides the eerie guitar noodling and intense emotional climaxes.
peak, pinnacle, height, high(est) point, top;
culmination, crowning point, crown, crest;
highlight, high spot, high-water mark
1.1An orgasm.
Example sentences
  • Ejaculation is normally the climax in a male orgasm.
  • Sexual climax or orgasm is the healthy, normal, inevitable, outcome of the three preceding stages.
  • Use this information as the basis for achieving a strong sexual climax and ejaculate.
1.2 Ecology The final stage in a succession in a given environment, at which a plant community reaches a state of equilibrium: [as modifier]: a mixed hardwood climax forest
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  • Eventually, hardwood trees invade and replace the pines, forming the hardwood climax community.
  • He instructed Shenandoah officials to restore the Blue Ridge's climax community as it existed before humans impacted the environment.
  • Established climax pecan forests became the first commercial pecan production groves in the mid-1800s.
1.3 Rhetoric A sequence of propositions or ideas in order of increasing importance, force, or effectiveness of expression.
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  • First-rate writers don't need to create plotty ‘suspense’ in order to achieve their moral climaxes.
  • The climax forces the audience to challenge their previous judgments and provides a short sharp twist in this story that captures the imagination.
  • Sudden lurches and climaxes and rolling tympani increase the tension.


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1Culminate in an exciting or impressive event; reach a climax: the day climaxed with a gala concert
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  • The event climaxed with a band concert given by The Dragoon Guards, at a sunset ceremony in Imphal Barracks.
  • Their first year climaxed with the Kinshasa newspaper Elima naming the band the best orchestra, Wemba best singer, and their single, ‘Mere Superieure,’ best song.
  • The highlight of the concert was the Indian composition, ‘Stimulation’, a beautiful piece that climaxed with a deluge of percussion.
culminate, peak, reach a pinnacle, come to a crescendo, come to a head
1.1 [with object] Bring (something) to a climax: the sentencing climaxed a seven-month trial
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  • But for a lot more others, the build-up to the red day begins this weekend with a movie before climaxing it next Tuesday with dinner.
  • For openers, the Farley Hill presentation climaxing the week-long festival was spread over two days.
  • It was a lovely affair, climaxing a series of dinners, receptions and gab-fests among old friends.
1.2Have an orgasm.
Example sentences
  • While ejaculation offered proof that a man had reached climax, a female orgasm was confirmed by physiological measurements such as heart rate and anal pressure.
  • Is it me he is thinking of when he climaxes, or them?
  • Sipski and Alexander reported that 11 of 25 women with all levels of spinal injury were able to climax.


mid 16th century (in rhetoric): from late Latin, from Greek klimax 'ladder, climax'. The sense 'culmination' arose in the late 18th century.

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