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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kuhl-muh-ney-shuh n]
    • /ˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃən/
    • /ˈkʌl.mɪ.neɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kuhl-muh-ney-shuh n]
    • /ˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃən/

Definitions of culmination word

  • singular noun culmination Something, especially something important, that is the culmination of an activity, process, or series of events happens at the end of it. 3
  • noun culmination the final, highest, or decisive point 3
  • noun culmination the act of culminating 3
  • noun culmination the highest or lowest altitude attained by a heavenly body as it crosses the meridian 3
  • noun culmination a culminating; reaching of the highest or lowest altitude or point 3
  • noun culmination the highest point; zenith; climax 3

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Origin of culmination

First appearance:

before 1625
One of the 42% oldest English words
1625-35; < Medieval Latin culminātiōn-, stem of culminātiō; see culminate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Culmination


culmination popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use 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 culmination

noun culmination

  • completion — the act of completing, or finishing
  • apex — An Apex or an Apex ticket is a ticket for a journey by air or rail which costs less than the standard ticket, but which you have to book a specified period in advance.
  • climax — The climax of something is the most exciting or important moment in it, usually near the end.
  • pinnacle — a lofty peak.
  • finish — to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete: to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.

Antonyms for culmination

noun culmination

  • anticlimax — You can describe something as an anticlimax if it disappoints you because it happens after something that was very exciting, or because it is not as exciting as you expected.
  • nadir — Astronomy. the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith.
  • introduction — the act of introducing or the state of being introduced.
  • commencement — The commencement of something is its beginning.
  • beginning — The beginning of an event or process is the first part of it.

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