- The decisive turning point of the action, as in a drama.
- 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.
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”).