anticlimax etymology

English word anticlimax comes from English anti-, English climax

Detailed word origin of anticlimax

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
anti- English (eng) (immunology) That reacts with immunoglobins found in the specified animal.. Against, hostile to.. Contrasting with the norm.. Counteracting, neutralizing.. Opposite of, reverse.. Physically opposite: applied to mountain ranges.. Related to antiparticles.
climax English (eng) (narratology) The culmination of a narrative's rising action, the turning point.. (now, _, commonly) A culmination or acme: the last term in an ascending series, particularly:. (obsolete) An instance of such an ascending series.. (originally, rhetoric) A rhetorical device in which a series is arranged in ascending order.. (rhetoric, imprecise) The final term of a rhetorical climax.. [...]
anticlimax English (eng) (narratology) An unsatisfying resolution to a narrative, usually owing to a deus ex machina or similarly trivial resolution of the main conflict.. (rhetoric) An abrupt descent (either deliberate or unintentional) from the dignity of the idea which the speaker or writer appeared to be aiming for.. A failed or reverse climax, particularly:.

Words with the same origin as anticlimax

Descendants of anti-
antacid anti antianxiety antibacterial antichrist anticrime antidepressant antifreeze antigovernment antihero antihistamine antimatter antineoplaston antioxidant antipersonnel antiperspirant antipsychotic antisocial antitank antitrust antivenin antivenom antiviral antivirus
Descendants of climax