anteclimax vs anticlimax : Common Errors in English

About anteclimax vs anticlimax

When an exciting build-up leads to a disappointing end, the result is an anticlimax—the opposite of a climax. The prefix “anti-” is used to indicate opposition whereas the prefix “ante-” is used to indicate that something precedes something else; so be careful not to misspell this word “anteclimax.”

anticlimax Meaning(s)

  • (n) a disappointing decline after a previous rise
  • (n) a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
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