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English noun: climax

1. climax (event) the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding


SamplesThe climax of the artist's career.
In the flood tide of his success.


Synonymsflood tide


Broader (hypernym)juncture, occasion

2. climax (communication) the decisive moment in a novel or play


SamplesThe deathbed scene is the climax of the play.


Synonymsculmination


Broader (hypernym)instant, minute, moment, second


Part meronymstory

3. climax (act) the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse


Synonymscoming, orgasm, sexual climax


Broader (hypernym)consummation


Narrower (hyponym)male orgasm

4. climax (state) the most severe stage of a disease


Broader (hypernym)degree, level, point, stage

5. climax (communication) arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness


Broader (hypernym)rhetorical device


English verb: climax

1. climax (change) end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage


SamplesThe meeting culminated in a tearful embrace.


Synonymsculminate


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)cease, end, finish, stop, terminate


Narrower (hyponym)crown, top









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