- An example of a climax is during an action film when it seems the hero won't arrive in time to save the day.
- An example of a climax is when a man ejaculates during sex.
- a rhetorical series of ideas, images, etc. arranged progressively so that the most forceful is last
- the final, culminating element or event in a series; highest point, as of interest or excitement; specif.,
- the decisive turning point of the action, as in a drama
- an orgasm
- Ecol. a final, self-perpetuating community of plants and animals that develops in a particular climate, soil, etc.: it will persist as long as the same conditions prevail
Origin of climaxLate Latin from Classical Greek klimax, ladder from base of klinein, to slope: see incline
- The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series or progression; a culmination. See Synonyms at summit.
- a. A series of statements or ideas in an ascending order of rhetorical force or intensity.b. The final statement in such a series.
- a. A moment of great or culminating intensity in a narrative or drama, especially the conclusion of a crisis.b. The turning point in a plot or dramatic action.
- See orgasm.
- Ecology A climax community.
tr. & intr.v.cli·maxed, cli·max·ing, cli·max·es
Origin of climaxLatin clīmax rhetorical climax from Greek klīmax ladder ; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
- The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series; a culmination
- The turning point in a plot or in dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonist's affairs.
- A stage of ecological development in which a community of organisms, is stable and capable of perpetuating itself.
- (slang) An orgasm.
- (rhetoric): Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or magnitude.
- (rhetoric): Anadiplosis.
(third-person singular simple present climaxes, present participle climaxing, simple past and past participle climaxed)
From Latin clīmax, from Ancient Greek κλῖμαξ (klimaks, “a ladder, a staircase, a climax in rhetoric”), from κλίνω (klinō, “I lean, slant”).