Climax meaning

klīmăks
The final, culminating element or event in a series; highest point, as of interest or excitement.
  • The decisive turning point of the action, as in a drama.
  • An orgasm.
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The definition of climax is the most intense or highest point of something, or an orgasm.

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.

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A rhetorical series of ideas, images, etc. arranged progressively so that the most forceful is last.
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To reach or bring to a climax.
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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.
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The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series; a culmination.
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A stage of ecological development in which a community of organisms, is stable and capable of perpetuating itself.
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(slang) An orgasm.
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(rhetoric): Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or magnitude.
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(rhetoric): Anadiplosis.
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To reach or bring to a climax.
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To orgasm; to reach orgasm.
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The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series or progression; a culmination.
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A climax community.
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To bring to or reach a climax.
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The turning point in a plot or in dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonist's affairs.
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Origin of climax

  • Latin clīmax rhetorical climax from Greek klīmax ladder klei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin clīmax, from Ancient Greek κλῖμαξ (klimaks, “a ladder, a staircase, a climax in rhetoric”), from κλίνω (klinō, “I lean, slant”).

    From Wiktionary