Definition of anticlimax in US English:



  • A disappointing end to an exciting or impressive series of events.

    ‘the rest of the journey was an anticlimax by comparison’
    ‘a sense of anticlimax and incipient boredom’
    • ‘We had good directional control, and the brakes seemed fine, but I was a little disappointed at the anticlimax of our adventure.’
    • ‘But for just about everyone who took part, it was a prolonged anticlimax - boring, uncomfortable and isolated.’
    • ‘Of course, he was eventually to read the novel in its original Spanish, but as he was to describe it, the experience was a disappointing anticlimax.’
    • ‘But it proved to be a damp squib and an anticlimax if ever there was one.’
    • ‘After this, the sailors reacted to the anticlimax by disappearing.’
    • ‘After working with Stanley Kubrick for a couple of years, anything else would be an anticlimax.’
    • ‘They could stop playing baseball after the game because, seriously, what would be the point of staging thousands of pathetic anticlimaxes annually?’
    • ‘I know what you're thinking - wow, that must have been incredible, you must have felt like a piece of you was made whole again - but to be honest it was an anticlimax.’
    • ‘The actual death of Bill was a bit of an anticlimax, but I still liked it, and the actual ending of the movie was pretty strong, particularly the speech about always being a killer, which casts a shadow over the happy ending.’
    • ‘The main disappointment is the ending which is an anticlimax after the dangerous excesses of the rescue mission.’
    • ‘These kinds of glorious anticlimaxes that some fans take such issue with are part of what makes the show great.’
    • ‘I mean, a prom has to be an anticlimax after this.’
    • ‘The band's seventh album is by no means an anticlimax.’
    • ‘Reaching the peak of Badaling, after such a struggle, was quite an achievement for a man of 90 kilograms with wobbly legs, but such a feat quickly turns into an anticlimax.’
    • ‘Ten years down the road he decides to try his luck in the music business, which is an early anticlimax compared to the possibility of him producing big studio pictures, but I digress.’
    • ‘I would not understand until later that Marshall was letting me in on a little secret about how history is made: through a series of anticlimaxes.’
    • ‘Sadly, the long-awaited replacement of the floodlight bulb - absent since September - proved an anticlimax, lasting only one week before it once more expired.’
    • ‘This film feels like nothing more than a series of anticlimaxes wrapped within one large anticlimax.’
    • ‘And I am glad to say that it was not an anticlimax, but more like being a child let loose in a sweet shop… the main problem being one of limited capacity and too much choice.’
    • ‘Sometimes I think it's made me seem an anticlimax to him since - I never have lived up to any of the dreams I gave him - he settled for second best by coming back to life.’
    let-down, disappointment, comedown, non-event
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