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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj climactic consisting of or causing a climax "a climactic development"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • climactic Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a climax; ascending or leading to a climax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Climactic pertaining to a climax
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. klimax, a ladder—from klinein, to slope.


In literature:

Climactic of all the riders rode the cowboy, who lived with horse and herd.
"Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie
The butler was really the climactic triumph of the event.
"Missy" by Dana Gatlin
It is striking just now to notice the double key-note of that closing climactic book of this old Bible.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
The climactic motive of the sea acclaiming the rising sun is there, but reversed.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
It is a most important word; indeed the climactic word.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
When I got close enough to hear, he was at his most climactic and last period of eloquence.
"Soldier Silhouettes on our Front" by William L. Stidger
This, too, is a climactic day in history.
"With Our Soldiers in France" by Sherwood Eddy
The silence lengthened until it became acute, epochal, climactic.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
The fugue following is long, highly diversified and extremely climactic in its interest.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
It was so anti-climactic that Alma broke into an hysterical giggle, cut short by a sob.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The skies were shattered with a final climactic crash of thunder.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
The fact that a plot is a problem gives the several events their climactic value.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
Sad indeed the result if any curtain effect in appeal and power usurp the royal place of the climactic scene!
"How to See a Play" by Richard Burton
We all felt, in some foolish way, that the moment was a climactic one.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
She felt here like the princess whose fairy-tale had come true in climactic palace scenes.
"The Pocahontas-John Smith Story" by Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
Not quietness of speech or action, then, but appropriateness makes any of these approved endings climactic and artistic.
"Dramatic Technique" by George Pierce Baker
The next step, perhaps the climactic one of the series, was longer in coming (1909).
"More Portmanteau Plays" by Stuart Walker
I wish I might say the two children were wrong in their forebodings; I wish I might paint their week in the Catskills as a climactic success.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb

In news:

In the climactic scene of director.
Television can capture the drama in disaster and the climactic in calamity.
The Onstage Orgasm, and Other Creatively Climactic Tales.
High noon 'showdown' anti- climactic .
Originally inspired by Jimmy Smith, Monaco explodes in a climactic style.
Considering how long and contentious it was to get this point, the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment was so cut and dried it didn't even rise to the level of anti-climactic.
Following their disastrous defeat at Stalingrad during the winter of 1942-43, the German armed forces launched a climactic offensive in the East known as Operation Citadel on July 4,1943.
The Run-Up to the Climactic Moment.
Climactic Week in Pensacola Political Dramas By Jeremy Morrison The week began quietly.
Instead, he built the ballet's action around a few basic elements of the novel - two women who come under Dracula 's spell, a crumbling castle full of wraith-like "brides," the madman Renfield, the climactic battle.
The climactic moment unfolded on the stage at the middle of the bridge, as the original fundraising goal of $50,000 from the event was surpassed.
Mitt Romney capped off the week in which he made the anti-climactic announcement that he is, in fact, running for president with a statement that has drawn considerably more attention: He thinks the planet is actually warming.
But at this climactic moment, his fate is suddenly reversed.
"Train accidents figure in many climactic scenes in literature ".
Considering how long and contentious it was to get this point, the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment was so cut and dried it did not even rise to the level of anti-climactic.