from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A decline viewed in disappointing contrast with a previous rise: the anticlimax of a brilliant career.
- n. Something trivial or commonplace that concludes a series of significant events: After a week of dramatic negotiations, all that followed was anticlimax.
- n. A sudden descent in speaking or writing from the impressive or significant to the ludicrous or inconsequential, or an instance of it: "Waggish non-Yale men never seem weary of calling 'for God, for Country and for Yale' the outstanding single anticlimax in the English language” ( Time).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A break in the final crescendo or climax of a narrative, producing a disappointing end.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure or fault of style, consisting in an abrupt descent from stronger to weaker expressions, or from the mention of more important to that of less important things: opposed to climax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disappointing decline after a previous rise
- n. a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
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