Definition of climax in English:


Line breaks: cli¦max
Pronunciation: /ˈklʌɪmaks


  • 1The most intense, exciting, or important point of something; the culmination: she was nearing 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 point, highest point, summit, top; acme, zenith, apex, apogee, apotheosis; culmination, crowning point, crown, crest; crescendo, finale, denouement; highlight, high spot, best part, high water mark
  • 1.1An orgasm.
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    • 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]: near the equator the tropical rainforest is the climax vegetation 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, come to a climax, reach a pinnacle, come to a crescendo; result, end, come to a head
  • 1.1 [with object] Bring (something) to a climax: three goals in the last two minutes climaxed a thrilling game
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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.
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    • 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.
    have an orgasm, reach/achieve orgasm; ejaculate
    informal come, feel the earth move, get one's rocks off
    British informal come off
    literary die


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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