WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
an•ti•cli•max /ˌæntiˈklaɪmæks, ˌæntaɪ-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. something that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected; a letdown or disappointment:[countable]After a great series, the final, losing game was an anticlimax.
  2. descent in power, quality, or dignity:[uncountable]a weary sense of anticlimax.
an•ti•cli•mac•tic /ˌæntiklaɪˈmæktɪk, -klə-, ˌæntaɪ-/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
an•ti•cli•max  (an′ti klīmaks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected.
  2. a descent in power, quality, dignity, etc.;
    a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion:After serving as President, he may find life in retirement an anticlimax.
  3. a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks:We were amused by the anticlimax of the company's motto: "For God, for country, and for Acme Gasworks.''
  • anti- + climax 1720–30


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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

anticlimactic /ˌæntɪklaɪˈmæktɪk/ adj



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