Definitions for: Climax


[n] the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
[n] the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
[n] arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
[n] 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"
[n] the most severe stage of a disease
[v] end, esp. to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cli"max, n. [L., from Gr. ? ladder, staircase, fr. ? to
make to bend, to lean. See Ladder, Lean, v. i.]
1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
--Glanvill.

2. (Rhet.) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or
paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises
above its predecessor in impressiveness.

``Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience,
and experience hope'' -- a happy climax. --J. D.
Forbes.

3. The highest point; the greatest degree.

We must look higher for the climax of earthly good.
--I. Taylor.



To cap the climax, to surpass everything, as in excellence
or in absurdity. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: coming, culminate, culmination, flood tide, orgasm, sexual climax

See Also: cease, consummation, crown, degree, end, finish, instant, juncture, level, male orgasm, minute, moment, occasion, point, rhetorical device, second, stage, stop, story, terminate, top

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Famous Quotes Containing Climax:


Cornering is like bringing a woman to climax.

-- Jackie Stewart (Scottish Athlete)

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.

-- Fred Rogers (American Celebrity)

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.

-- Samuel Goldwyn (American Producer)

When the songs pop out, that's like the climax of us building.

-- John Otto (American Musician)

The most emphatic place in a clause or sentence is the end. This is the climax; and, during the momentary pause that follows, that last word continues, as it were, to reverberate in the reader's mind. It has, in fact, the last word.

-- F. L. Lucas ( Critic)

A show is like having a climax. It's like having an incredible, natural climax. And then suddenly it's all finished, and you don't know what to do next.

-- Rod Stewart (Scottish Musician)

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

-- J. Donald Walters ( Author)

Without going into too much detail, the end of my major action scene, after the climax of the scene, there was one little change that I suggested regarding the way things should turn out. It was in the detail of the tears of blood.

-- Chiaki Kuriyama (Japanese Actress)

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.

-- Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Novelist)

But it is true that sometimes an enveloping darkness aids one to clearer vision; as in a panorama building, for example, where the obscurity about the entrance prepares one better for the climax, and gives the scene depicted a more real and vivid appearance.

-- Pierre Loti (French Writer)


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