climactic climactic  /klaɪ ˈmæk tɪk/


  • (adj) consisting of or causing a climax


  1. The climactic production is a garish hodgepodge in which Hamlet is run through a time machine to bring the characters back to life and give it a happy ending.
  2. But the big, climactic fight, complete with an epic snuffleupagus rampage, is decent action-movie fun.
  3. Though the movies final act offers an effective twist, its climactic showdown is all too brief and its denouement abrasively abrupt.


  1. 'Need for Speed' Day 3: Fiery car thrown over 13th Street Bridge

    Now that’s something you don’t see every day. As part of a climactic scene for “Need for Speed,” a car was set on fire on the Phenix City side of the 13th Street Bridge on Thursday and thrown over onto the rocks south of the bridge.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

  2. Casting Arsenal Players as Hollywood Movie Characters

    Arsenal's 2012-13 season was dramatic enough to inspire a Hollywood movie. Their climactic triumph, snatching glory from the jaws of defeat, was comparable with any of the heart-warming comebacks from the Rocky series. This Arsenal squad is also full of charismatic individuals, several of whom are reminiscent of some of Hollywood's most enduring characters. Occasionally the resemblance is ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. From the West looking East: A school rebellion bubbles over

    We all know when a popular revolt succeeds. Someone gets overthrown. At what point, however, does a historic, full-scale rebellion take wing? Always hard to tell. The revolt we discuss here involves bad policy and public schools. A climactic victory has yet to come. But let me fancy this notion: What now simmers across the countryside took wing a few years ago when a certain overstressed Texas ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: The Sierra Vista Herald


  1. "We've got to have a climactic finish," Finchem said. "It's going to build to a finish."
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Tim Finchem Source: USA Today

  2. Lloyd said: "I think the Tim factor is going to have a very positive effect on the rest of the team. It has given them extra incentive to get fired up if that was ever needed for a World Group game. It would be anti-climactic if Tim's last match was...
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: John Lloyd Source: This is London

  3. Afterward, Dickey joked about facing Strasburg as a hitter, calling the experience "anti-climactic. Not that he's not good. He's very good, but I felt like the ball was going to be invisible."
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: RA Dickey Source: New York Daily News

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