crescendo vs climax :

crescendo or 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.”

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

  • n  the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
    the climax of the artist's career
  • n  the decisive moment in a novel or play
    the deathbed scene is the climax of the 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
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