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an·ti·cli·max

 (ăn′tē-klī′măks′, ăn′tī-)
n.
1. A decline viewed in disappointing contrast with a previous rise: the anticlimax of a brilliant career.
2. Something trivial or commonplace that concludes a series of significant events: After a week of dramatic negotiations, all that followed was anticlimax.
3. A sudden change in speaking or writing from the impressive or significant to the ludicrous or inconsequential, or an instance of this, as in "He has seen the ravages of war, he has known natural catastrophes, he has been to singles bars" (Woody Allen).

an′ti·cli·mac′tic (-klī-măk′tĭk) adj.
an′ti·cli·mac′ti·cal·ly adv.

anticlimax

(ˌæntɪˈklaɪmæks)
n
1. a disappointing or ineffective conclusion to a series of events, etc
2. a sudden change from a serious subject to one that is disappointing or ludicrous
3. (Rhetoric) rhetoric a descent in discourse from the significant or important to the trivial, inconsequential, etc
anticlimactic, anticlimactical adj
ˌanticliˈmactically adv

an•ti•cli•max

(ˌæn tiˈklaɪ mæks, ˌæn taɪ-)

n.
1. an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected.
2. a descent in power, quality, or dignity; a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion.
3. a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks.
[1720–30]
an•ti•cli•mac•tic (-klaɪˈmæk tɪk, -klə-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anticlimax - a disappointing decline after a previous riseanticlimax - a disappointing decline after a previous rise; "the anticlimax of a brilliant career"
downfall, fall - a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
2.anticlimax - a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
close, closing, ending, conclusion, end - the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..."

anticlimax

noun disappointment, letdown, comedown (informal), bathos His international career ended in anticlimax.
summit, height, highlight, top, peak, climax, high point, culmination, zenith
Quotations
"This is the way the world ends"
"Not with a bang but a whimper" [T.S. Eliot The Hollow Men]
Translations
هُبوط، خاتِمَة غَيْر مُشَرِّفَه
zklamání
antiklimaks
csalódás: nagy csalódás
spennufall; hnignun; vonbrigîi
apvylimas
atslābums
düş kırıklığına uğratıcı sonuçters etki

anticlimax

[ˈæntɪˈklaɪmæks] N
1. (= disappointment) → decepción f
what an anticlimax!¡qué decepción!
the book ends in anticlimaxla novela termina de modo decepcionante
the game came as an anticlimaxel partido no correspondió con lo que se esperaba
2. (Rhetoric) → anticlímax m inv

anticlimax

[ˌæntiˈklaɪmæks] n
to be an anticlimax → être décevant(e)
His speech was a bit of an anticlimax
BUT Son discours était un peu décevant.

anticlimax

[ˈæntɪˈklaɪmæks] ndelusione f
the game came as an anticlimax → la partita si rivelò una delusione

anticlimax

(ӕntiˈklaimӕks) noun
a dull or disappointing ending to a play, activity etc after increasing excitement. After the weeks of preparation, the concert itself was a bit of an anticlimax.
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Anticlimactically, they just asked for a valid Emirates ID or passport, then made me fill in some general information on a tablet before they ushered me into a waiting room.
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In other words, while Williams begins with an abstraction, "so much depends upon," that becomes increasingly more concrete and localized as the poem unfolds, Johns begins with the concrete image and then fades into abstraction, before returning anticlimactically to the same image, no further developed, at the poem's end.
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