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[an-tee-klahy-mak-tik, -kluh-, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti klaɪˈmæk tɪk, -klə-, ˌæn taɪ-/
of, like, pertaining to, or expressing anticlimax.
Origin of anticlimactic
1895-1900; anti + climactic
Related forms
anticlimactically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anticlimactic
  • Amid a flash of fireworks, what's left of him falls to the ground in an anticlimactic slump.
  • But what might look anticlimactic to some, was a triumph for us.
  • The biography's valedictory pages are rather stunningly anticlimactic.
  • Bump after anticlimactic bump shook off the few grim survivors.
  • Unlike previous races for the national championship, the final weekend of the regular season looks to be anticlimactic.
  • Almost anticlimactic was his finding that the means used to withhold labor were also not unlawful.
  • The unveiling would be anticlimactic, even disappointing.
  • There is not a moment of credibility in the movie and the ending is sheer chaos, and anticlimactic at that.
Word Origin and History for anticlimactic

also anti-climactic, 1831; see anticlimax + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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