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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.


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.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

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

Narrower (hyponym)crown, top

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