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climax

cli·max

climax

 
 
pronunciation:
klaI maeks
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the point of highest interest or intensity in a series of increasingly important points or events.
The climax of his career was setting a world record.
synonyms:
acme, apex, culmination, height, peak, pinnacle, zenith
antonyms:
nadir
similar words:
apogee, head, heyday, meridian, ne plus ultra, prime, summit, vertex
definition 2: in a literary or dramatic work, the point at which a conflict reaches a crucial juncture.
At the story's climax, the boy must either remain loyal to his father or betray him.
similar words:
crisis, crux, culmination, juncture, turning point
definition 3: a sexual orgasm.
synonyms:
orgasm
similar words:
consummation, culmination
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: climaxed, climaxes, climaxing
definition: to bring to or cause a climax.
He climaxed his efforts by leading a rebellion.
synonyms:
culminate
similar words:
consummate, crown
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to reach a climax.
The play climaxes in the third act.
synonyms:
culminate, peak
similar words:
come, crest, end
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