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Definition of Climax


  1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
  2. A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness.
  3. The highest point; the greatest degree.

Climax Quotations

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.
J. Donald Walters

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
Samuel Goldwyn

In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn - the climax of a 'day of awe,' as the press described it.
Noam Chomsky

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
Fred Rogers

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
Elizabeth Bowen
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Climax Translations

climax in French is climax, culmination
climax in Italian is momento culminante
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