an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected.
a descent in power, quality, dignity, etc.; a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion: After serving as president, he may find life in retirement an anticlimax.
a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks: We were amused by the anticlimax of the company's motto: “For God, for country, and for Acme Gasworks.”

1720–30; anti- + climax Unabridged
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anticlimax (ˌæntɪˈklaɪmæks)
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

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"the addition of a particular which suddenly lowers the effect," 1727, coined by Alexander Pope (1688-1744), from anti- + climax. Anticlimactic (also anti-climactic) is attested from 1898.
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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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Example sentences
So much effort is spent on presentation, however, that taste is sometimes an
  anticlimax to the look.
After this gruesome tale the easing of the siege comes as an anticlimax.
My first encounter with higher dimensions was somewhat of an anticlimax.
Despite the anticlimax of the landing efforts, diplomatic efforts to resolve
  the crisis seemed to move forward.
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