crescendo vs climax : Common Errors in English

About crescendo vs climax

When something is growing louder or more intense, it is going through acrescendo (from an Italian word meaning “growing”). Traditionalistsobject to its use when you mean “climax.” A crescendo of cheers by anenthusiastic audience grows until it reaches a climax, or peak.“Crescendo” as a verb is common, but also disapproved of by manyauthorities. Instead of “the orchestra crescendos,” write “the orchestraplays a crescendo.”

crescendo Meaning(s)

  • (n) (music) a gradual increase in loudness
  • (v) grow louder
  • (s) gradually increasing in volume

climax Meaning(s)

  • (n) the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
  • (n) the decisive moment in a novel or play
  • (n) the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
  • (n) the most severe stage of a disease
  • (n) arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
  • (v) end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

crescendo in News

  1. Crescendo Bioscience to Present New Data on Vectra(R) DA Use to Assess Radiographic Progression Risk in Patients With ...

    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Crescendo Bioscience, a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to developing and commercializing quantitative blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other auto-immune ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. US Open Golf 2013: Updated Betting Lines and Tips for Major Golf Tournament

    Anticipation is building to a crescendo for the 2013 U.S. Open, and to nobody's surprise Tiger Woods goes into the second major tournament of the year as the heavy betting favorite. The tournament is being held at the Merion Golf Club's East Course—a legendary venue designed by   Hugh Irvine Wilson  that has hosted four previous U.S. Opens.  Though it measures in at under 7,000 yards, Merion 's ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Crescendo Designs Offers World’s Largest Outdoor TV

    Crescendo Designs (www.crescendodesigns.com) located on county Road 39 in Southampton has launched the sale of a product it believes will revitalize the world of outdoor entertainment. Crescendo Designs is now offering the C SEED 201, a 201? display screen for outside use making it the largest outdoor television “It’s a privilege to have been selected as [...]
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Sag Harbor Express

climax in News

  1. World Cup 2014: Iconic Moments from Past Finals

    The World Cup is exactly one year away. The 2014 finals will begin on June 12 next year, and the sense of anticipation is already beginning to build as qualification groups across the globe begin to reach their climax. Brazil will host the tournament next year, with Sao Paulo hosting the opening game, as Fifa .com confirmed. The World Cup finals are the pinnacle of any player's career, but will ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  2. With Man of Steel, You'll Believe a Man Can Fly -- and Is Worth Watching

    Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is a movie event with an actual movie inside, crying to get out. Despite its preposterous self-seriousness, its overblown, CGI'ed-to-death climax and its desperate efforts to depict the destruction of, well, everything on Earth, there's greatness in this r...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Dallas Observer

  3. 7 Ways The Microsoft Xbox One Can Fight Back Against The Sony PlayStation 4

    For many E3-watchers, the climax of the event came on Monday evening, when Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said with the lusty precision of a surgeon cutting a Thanksgiving turkey: I'm very proud to announce that PlayStation 4 will be available at $399. Given the rapturous boom-goes-the-dynamite applause, it was clear that his description of this price as "very ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Forbes

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