Anticlimax (noun)

A disappointing or abrupt decline after a climax or high point.


From the greek ἀντί (anti, "against") + κλῖμαξ (klimax, "ladder"), from the idea that an anticlimax is a "falling down" from a higher point of tension or expectation.


  1. The movie started off strong but quickly became an anticlimax.
  2. The fireworks were a real anticlimax after the concert.
  3. The party was going well until the cake turned out to be a anticlimax.
  4. The proposal was so anticlimactic, I was expecting something grand but it was just a simple ring.
  5. The end of the book was anticlimax as it ended abruptly and left readers disappointed.
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