climax

Definitions:

  • The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series or progression; a culmination. <i>synonym</i>: <strong> summit</strong>.
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  • A series of statements or ideas in an ascending order of rhetorical force or intensity.
  • The final statement in such a series.
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  • A moment of great or culminating intensity in a narrative or drama, especially the conclusion of a crisis.
  • The turning point in a plot or dramatic action.
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  • A climax community.
  • To bring to or reach a climax.
  • To reach the highest point or climax; culminate.
  • In <em>rhetoric</em>, originally, such an arrangement of successive clauses that the last important word of one is repeated as the first important word of the next; accumulated epanastrophe; hence (since this arrangement is generally adopted for the sake of graduated increase in force or emphasis), a figure by which a series of clauses or phrases is so arranged that each in turn surpasses the preceding one in intensity of expression or importance of meaning. See <internalXref urlencoded="anticlimax">anticlimax</internalXref>.
  • In <em>logic</em>: A sorites, or chain of reasoning.
  • The sophism called <internalXref urlencoded="sorites">sorites</internalXref> (which see).
  • The highest point of intensity, development, etc.; the culmination; acme: as, he was then at the <em>climax</em> of his fortunes.
  • Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
  • A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness.
  • The highest point; the greatest degree.
  • to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity.
  • The point of greatest <xref>intensity</xref> or force in an <xref>ascending</xref> series; a <xref>culmination</xref>
  • The <xref>turning point</xref> in a plot or in dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the <xref>protagonist</xref>'s affairs.
  • A stage of <xref>ecological</xref> development in which a <xref>community</xref> of <xref>organisms</xref>, is stable and capable of <xref>perpetuating</xref> itself.
  • An <xref>orgasm</xref>.
  • : Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or <xref>magnitude</xref>.
  • : <xref>Anadiplosis</xref>.
  • To <xref>reach</xref> or <xref>bring</xref> to a climax
  • To <xref>orgasm</xref>; to reach <xref>orgasm</xref>
  • the most severe stage of a disease
  • the decisive moment in a novel or play
  • arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
  • the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
  • the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
  • end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
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