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Meaning of CLIMAX

Pronunciation:  'klImaks

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
  2. [n]  the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
  3. [n]  arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [n]  the most severe stage of a disease
  6. [v]  end, esp. to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"

CLIMAX is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: coming, culminate, culmination, flood tide, orgasm, sexual climax
 See Also: cease, consummation, crown, degree, end, finish, instant, juncture, level, male orgasm, minute, moment, occasion, point, rhetorical device, second, stage, stop, story, terminate, top



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cli"max\, n. [L., from Gr. ? ladder, staircase, fr. ? to
make to bend, to lean. See {Ladder}, {Lean}, v. i.]
1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.

2. (Rhet.) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or
   paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises
   above its predecessor in impressiveness.

         ``Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience,
         and experience hope'' -- a happy climax. --J. D.

3. The highest point; the greatest degree.

         We must look higher for the climax of earthly good.
                                               --I. Taylor.

{To cap the climax}, to surpass everything, as in excellence
   or in absurdity. [Colloq.]

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