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Campaigning reached a crescendo the day before the election.
  a gradual increase in intensity; or the time of maximum intensity — especially in the loudness of music
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  • Campaigning reached a crescendo the day before the election.
  • In the final coda, the music drops to a whisper before slowly building in a huge crescendo and transitioning without interruption to the fourth movement.
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  • The sharp, reverberating hoofbeats that moments ago had mixed into the surging sound of the river were now a crescendo upon me.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The crowd started to clap, and money rained into the hat as the music built to a crescendo.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song

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  • The babble of voices crescendos.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • They applauded at the final Assignment; but the applause was piecemeal, no longer a crescendo of united enthusiasm.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The sounds—clashes, clangs, screams, moaning wails, roars of engines, spinning saws, snapping blades, the screech of spikes against the floor, hair-raising pleas for help—it all grew to a crescendo, became unbearable.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • And when I felt like I could not take it one more minute, the swirl of sensations hit a dizzying crescendo, sending every nerve ending in my body on high alert.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Then she expanded her field of action to the four blocks around her house and so on, gradually, until, in crescendo, she was sweeping all of Piedras Negras before going to school.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Finally, as the shrieking was reach[ing] a crescendo, Bert reached over, hitting the volume button.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever

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  • She holds the wrong note in her mind, and even as she continues playing, that note reverberates within her, growing to a crescendo, stealing her focus until she slips again, into a second wrong note, and then, two minutes later, blows an entire chord.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • The shouts and calls from outside grew to a crescendo.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • As the song crescendoed, a row of daisies poked up from the dirt and unfurled toward her hands.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • That harmony built into a crescendo of colors as yellow and then pink added their voices to the chorus.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • As the trees’ ear-splitting chorus reached its crescendo, I anchored my mind with the catchiest tune I could imagine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • And the night behind them was filled with the crescendoing sound of pursuit….
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • A crescendo of ugly hate rose from the men as the second car approached.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The words spilled out in a crescendo.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • No one comes out of any of the houses, even as the girl’s voice crescendos to a high-pitched scream, like a siren going off.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Sometimes the whole class would help Mary out, and seventeen voices would rise slowly in an unintelligible gibberish, grow louder as each voice tried to be heard, and finally reach a deafening crescendo a la Babel.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Finally the film reached its crescendo, the camera lifting skyward to reveal the whole of the King Abdullah Economic City at night, glittering, fireworks blooming over it all.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But not thirty seconds later a murmur of worry crept in, worry which rose to a shrieking crescendo in moments.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • After a loud crescendo the song ended.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The caterwauling horns had reached a crescendo and I turned away and cut across the lawn toward home.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Somewhere, a chain saw buzzed to life, the crescendo of its whine at violent odds with the stillness of the woods.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He walked out through the entrance of the tent, the panic rising into a crescendo inside him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The circle of participants seemed almost to be singing now, the noise rising in crescendo to a frenzy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The din became crescendo, like the roar of an oncoming train.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And with that final crescendo, they halted under ribbed stalactites that branched over a great catacomb lined with alcoves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I closed my eyes as I heard the deep moaning sound that issued from him, and the rising crescendo of the student body joining in.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • All through the day, the heavy thump of the locomotives’ steam pistons thundered down our narrow valleys, the town shaking to the crescendo of grinding steel as the great trains accelerated.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • For Anne the real excitement began with the dismissal of school and increased therefrom in crescendo until it reached to a crash of positive ecstasy in the concert itself.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • It got to be that after a few times the boys sang along with me, a crescendo that climaxed, after a quick intake of air while I underlined the proper note, with such a rousing rendition of my new name that it would have been the delight of any choirmaster.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • "A, B, C, vitamin D, vitamin D, vitamin D …" The Super-Vox-Wurlitzeriana had risen to a sobbing crescendo; and suddenly the verbena gave place, in the scent-circulating system, to an intense patchouli.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Moreover, the situation could not be made worse, a certain degree of distress is no longer capable of a crescendo, and Thenardier himself could add nothing to this blackness of this night.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For a crescendo of passion, I suppose Akh-illeus’ great tirade in Iliad IX, 307 sqq., cannot be matched, but Odysseus, among his other gifts of gab, has a way of beginning mild and ending deadly.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The noises grew to a crescendo of excitement as the blood-thirsty thunder of the alaunts pealed through the lesser notes.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • (carrie let me GO) (Momma Momma Momma 00000000000000 0000000000) The mental scream reached a flaring, unbelievable crescendo and then suddenly faded.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The Muzak was now building to a crescendo over us, the speaker popping, as if close to short-circuiting.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • In the orchard the bees sounded like a wind gettingup, a sound caughtby a spell justunder crescendo and sustained.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • "Ah yes, Vogonity—sorry—of the poet’s compassionate soul"—Arthur felt he was on the homestretch now—"which contrives through the medium of the verse structure to sublimate this, transcend that, and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other"—he was reaching a triumphant crescendo—"and one is left with a profound and vivid insight into … into … er …" (which suddenly gave out on him).
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Again from the town, deadened a little by the walls, the scream of the siren mounted toward its unbelievable crescendo, passing out of the realm of hearing.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Then came a new and louder droning roar and three more Heinkel one-elevens showed coming steeply, stiffly, lower yet, crossing in rigid formation, their pounding roar approaching in crescendo to an absolute of noise and then receding as they passed the clearing.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • "Master," stammered he; "monseigneur—sire—how ought I to address you?" he said at length, having reached the culminating point of his crescendo, and knowing neither how to mount higher, nor to descend again.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But a day of reckoning, he stated crescendo with no uncertain voice, thoroughly monopolising all the conversation, was in store for mighty England, despite her power of pelf on account of her crimes.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The rain had begun in mid-afternoon, had shortly reached a crescendo, the clouds like broken dams, and then abated.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • A sprinkling of applause greeted the illusion, gathering adherents from all parts of the auditorium until it reached its short crescendo and died away.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • There is a change of rhythm, it rises to a crescendo and then, suddenly, it is cut off.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Then the sound came, a long, deep, powerful rumble increasing in crescendo until the windows rattled, cups danced in their saucers, and the bar glasses rubbed rims and tinkled in terror.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The shouts and cries from the cockpit seemed to be reaching a crescendo, but they sounded far away.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
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