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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klahy-mak-tik]
    • /klaɪˈmæk tɪk/
    • /ˈklaɪ.mæks/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klahy-mak-tik]
    • /klaɪˈmæk tɪk/

Definitions of climactic word

  • adjective climactic A climactic moment in a story or a series of events is one in which a very exciting or important event occurs. 3
  • adjective climactic consisting of, involving, or causing a climax 3
  • adjective climactic of, constituting, or in the order of a climax 3
  • adjective climactic pertaining to or coming to a climax: the climactic scene of a play. 1
  • noun climactic (of an action, event, or scene) exciting or thrilling and acting as a climax to a series of events. 1
  • adjective climactic reaching a climax 1

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Origin of climactic

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
1870-75; from climax, perhaps on model of syntax, syntactic

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Parts of speech for Climactic


climactic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for climactic

adj climactic

  • decisive — If a fact, action, or event is decisive, it makes it certain that there will be a particular result.
  • crowning — the stage of labour when the infant's head is passing through the vaginal opening
  • critical — If a person is critical or in a critical condition in hospital, they are seriously ill.
  • crucial — If you describe something as crucial, you mean it is extremely important.
  • culminating — final; decisive

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