anticlimax


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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.
References in classic literature ?
The look of pain which had at first shown itself in his face, which never concealed anything, passed, and a quick smile followed her feminine anticlimax.
And now, so that there shall be no anticlimax in this story of telephone development, we must turn the spot-light upon that immense aggregation of workshops in which have been made three-fifths of the telephone apparatus of the world--the Western Electric.
The apparently indifferent nature of the errand seemed to make a ridiculous anticlimax to my prevision and my agitation.
Anne felt that life partook of the nature of an anticlimax during the first few weeks after her return to Green Gables.
The delicious scent of rose-leaves that issued from the wardrobe made the process of taking out sheet after sheet of silver paper quite pleasant to assist at, though the sight of the bonnet at last was an anticlimax to Maggie, who would have preferred something more strikingly preternatural.
THE Rugby World Cup has been a massive anticlimax for home fans although there is one small consolation - Sepp Blatter has awarded us the 2023 World Cup.
Even if it's an anticlimax, we will still have so many memories, from Holland's opening demolition of Spain, to THAT semi-final drubbing earlier in the week.
It's been a real anticlimax, definitely not the sort of race weekend you normally have", said the 24-yearold.
Dubai World number one Rory McIlroy says there's no need to change the format of the European Tour season-ender, despite admitting it's an anticlimax that he wrapped up the Race to Dubai three events from the end.
In terms of the central action of the Book of the New Sun, the whole fifth volume of The Urth of the New Sun is an anticlimax.
That's going to be a bit of an anticlimax," the Telegraph quoted Grint as saying, while describing the kiss as a "small, small moment".
A WHEN you have a secret and think it will be a huge shock to the world it can be a bit of an anticlimax to find it isn't.