|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|
|3.||rhetoric a descent in discourse from the significant or important to the trivial, inconsequential, etc|
a figure of speech that consists of the usually sudden transition in discourse from a significant idea to a trivial or ludicrous one. Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock uses anticlimax liberally; an example isHere thou, great Anna, whom three realms obey,Dost sometimes counsel take, and sometimes tea
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