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anticlimactic

adjective

  1. (anticlimactical)  of or relating to a sudden change from an impressive to a ludicrous style
    Synonyms: anticlimactical.
  2. (general adjective)  coming after the climax, especially of a dramatic or narrative plot

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

anticlimactic | anticlimax | anticlimactical [synonym]

(of a conclusion to a series of events, etc) disappointing or ineffective | a disappointing or ineffective conclusion to a series of events, etc | a ... (24 of 358 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anticlimactic

Cambridge Dictionary:

anticlimax | anticlimactic [adjective, derived]

an event or experience which causes disappointment because it's less exciting than was expected or because it happens immediately after a much more ... (23 of 102 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anticlimax

American Heritage Dictionary:

anticlimax | anticlimactic [adjective, related] | anticlimactically [adverb, related]

A decline viewed in disappointing contrast with a previous rise | Something trivial or commonplace that concludes a series of significant events | A ... (22 of 92 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anticlimax

Oxford Dictionary:

anticlimax | anticlimactic [derived] | anticlimactically [derived]

a disappointing end to an exciting or impressive series of events (11 of 62 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/anticlimax

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anticlimax [countable/uncountable] | anticlimaxes [plural] | anticlimactic [adjective, related]

something that is not as exciting as you expected it to be so that you feel disappointed (17 of 52 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anticlimax

Merriam-Webster:

anticlimactic | anticlimactical | anticlimactically [adverb, related]

of, relating to, or marked by anticlimax (7 of 27 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anticlimactic

Random House Dictionary:

anticlimactic

of, like, pertaining to, or expressing anticlimax. (7 of 14 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/anticlimactic

New World Dictionary:

anticlimactic | anticlimactically [adverb, related]

of, having, or like an anticlimax (6 of 11 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anticlimactic

Wiktionary:

anticlimactic | anticlimactical

Lacking climax, disappointing or ironically insignificant following of impressive foreshadowing. (10 of 11 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anticlimactic

Encarta Dictionary:

anticlimax | anticlimaxes [plural] | anticlimactic [adjective, derived] | anticlimactically [adverb, derived]

an ordinary or unsatisfying event that follows an increasingly exciting, ... | an unexpected change in tone or subject matter from the high-minded, ... (22 of 81 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585952​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

anticlimactic | anticlimax

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anticlimactic"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

anticlimax

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "anticlimactic"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

anticlimax [countable/uncountable] | anticlimaxes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anticlimactic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/anticlimax

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anticlimax [countable/uncountable] | anticlimaxes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anticlimactic"

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the Free Dictionary:

anticlimactic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "anticlimactic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "anticlimactic"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

anticlimactic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anticlimactic"

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YourDictionary Audio:

anticlimactic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anticlimactic" by speech synthesizer

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