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anticlimax

an·ti·cli·max

anticlimax

 
pronunciation:
aen ti klaI maeks
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a disappointingly weak or ordinary conclusion or event, following events or statements that build expectations for something powerful or moving.
After his forceful call for radical change, his proposal was an anticlimax.
synonyms:
disappointment, letdown
similar words:
comedown, dud
definition 2: a descent from important or powerful ideas, esp. in speech or writing, to much less significant ones.
synonyms:
descent
similar words:
bathos
definition 3: a disappointing period of descent or decline in contrast to a previous rise.
derivations: anticlimactic (adj.), anticlimactically (adv.)