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Definition of 'climax'


  1. the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success"
       Synonyms: flood tide
  2. the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
       Synonyms: culmination
  3. the most severe stage of a disease
  4. arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness


  1. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
       Synonyms: culminate

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