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Definitions of climax

  1. end, esp. to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the most severe stage of a disease Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The highest point; the greatest degree. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The highest point or the summit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. The height of a disease, the stage of greatest severity. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  13. In Rhetoric, the arranging of the particulars of a portion of discourse so as to rise in strength to the last. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. A gradated increase in importance or impressiveness; the summit or extreme point. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Rhet. A progressive increase in force to a culmination; the culmination; acme. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A series of sentences so arranged as to rise in force, importance, or dignity to the close of the series; the highest point. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Step by step; ascent; a figure of speech in which the sentences rise as it were step by step upwards in intensity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. [Greek] The mature or stabilised stage in a successional series of communities, when dominant species are completely adapted to environmental conditions; completion of development, appl. leaves. na
  19. kl[=i]'maks, n. (rhet.) the arranging of the particulars of a portion of a discourse so as to rise in strength to the last: the last term of the rhetorical arrangement: a culmination.--v.i. to ascend in a climax: to culminate.--adjs. CLIMACT'IC, -AL, pertaining to a climax.--adv. CLIMACT'ICALLY. [Gr. klimax, a ladder--from klinein, to slope.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Ascending scale; series of ideas or expressions so arranged; last term in these; culmination, apex; hence (irreg.) climactic a. (Vb) come, bring, to a c. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. The highest point, the greatest degree. The stage of greatest intensity. [Gr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  22. [Gr.] (Rhet.) The placing of a series of propositions before a nearer in such an order that the impression shall increase in intensity, until it reaches the Acme. The opposite process is called Anti-climax. See Bathos. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  23. n. [Greek] Ascent; gradation; —a figure of speech in which a sentence progressively rises in importance, force, and dignity —the highest point; the greatest degree; acme. Cabinet Dictionary
  24. Gradation, ascent, a figure in rhetorick, by which the sentence rises gradually. Complete Dictionary

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