Anticlimax An`ti*cli"max, n. (Rhet.) A sentence in which the ideas fall, or become less important and striking, at the close; -- the opposite of climax. It produces a ridiculous effect.

Note: Example:

Next comes Dalhousie, the great god of war, Lieutenant-colonel to the Earl of Mar. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • anticlimax — anticlímax s. n., pl. anticlímaxe Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  ANTICLIMÁX s.n. Gradaţie (2) descendentă. ♦ Opoziţie într un context a două gradaţii, una ascendentă şi alta descendentă. [< fr. anticlimax, cf. gr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • anticlímax — (plural anticlímax) sustantivo masculino 1. Área: retórica Figura retórica que consiste en la gradación descendente de las ideas. 2. Área: retórica Punto más bajo de la gradación descendente. 3 …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • anticlimax — (n.) the addition of a particular which suddenly lowers the effect, 1701, from ANTI (Cf. anti ) + CLIMAX (Cf. climax) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anticlimax —    anticlìmax    (s.m. o s.f.) Attenuazione progressiva delle idee comunicate da una serie di parole. Corrisponde ad un climax discendente o grada­zione discendente ed è l opposto del climax ascendente.    Es.: E mi dicono, Dormi /mi cantano,… …   Dizionario di retorica par stefano arduini & matteo damiani

  • anticlimax — [n] ineffective conclusion bathos, comedown, decline, descent, disappointment, drop, letdown, slump; concepts 230,674 Ant. climax …   New thesaurus

  • anticlímax — 1. m. Gradación retórica descendente. 2. Término más bajo de esta gradación. 3. Momento en que desciende o se relaja la tensión después del clímax …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • anticlimax — ► NOUN ▪ a disappointing end to an exciting series of events. DERIVATIVES anticlimactic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • anticlimax — [an΄tiklī′maks΄] n. 1. a sudden drop from the dignified or important in thought or expression to the commonplace or trivial, sometimes for humorous effect 2. a descent, as in a series of events, which is in ludicrous or disappointing contrast to… …   English World dictionary

  • Anticlimax — L anticlimax (substantif masculin), du grec anti ( contre, opposé ) et climax ( point culminant ), est une figure de style consistant en une gradation de termes négatifs et opposés à ceux évoqués lors d une première gradation de termes positifs.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • anticlimax — n. an anticlimax to (everything was an anticlimax to winning an Olympic gold medal) * * * [ˌæntɪ klaɪmæks] an anticlimax to (everything was an anticlimax to winning an Olympic gold medal) …   Combinatory dictionary

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