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anticlimax

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌæn.tiˈklaɪ.mæks/ us    /-t̬i-/
an event or experience that causes disappointment because it is less exciting than was expected or because it happens immediately after a much more interesting or exciting event: When you really look forward to something it's often an anticlimax when it actually happens. Coming home after a trip somewhere is always a bit of an anticlimax. Even when you win a match there's often a sense of anticlimax - you always feel you could have played better.
anticlimactic
adjective uk   /ˌæn.ti.klaɪˈmæk.tɪk/ us    /-t̬ɪk/
There was so much publicity and hype beforehand that the performance itself was a touch anticlimactic.
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