Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “anticlimax”

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.
(Definition of anticlimax from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of anticlimax?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “anticlimax” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

first:

(a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More