Climax Definition

klīmăks
climaxed, climaxes, climaxing
noun
climaxes
The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series or progression; a culmination.
American Heritage
A rhetorical series of ideas, images, etc. arranged progressively so that the most forceful is last.
Webster's New World
A moment of great or culminating intensity in a narrative or drama, especially the conclusion of a crisis.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
The turning point in a plot or dramatic action.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
cliffhangeranticlimaxnadir. See syn. study at summit.summitdepression
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verb
climaxed, climaxes, climaxing
To bring to or reach a climax.
American Heritage

To reach or bring to a climax.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:

Other Word Forms of Climax

Noun

Singular:
climax
Plural:
climaxes

Origin of Climax

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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